Local Government Financing: The biggest challenge for social care funding reform?

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Date(s) - 06/04/2011
3:00 pm - 5:00 pm


A roundtable exploring what a national system of social care assessment and entitlement would mean for the financing of local government, organised by the Strategic Society Centre and PwC.

Date and time: 15.00 – 17.00, April 6th, 2011

Location: PwC, 7, More London Riverside, London, SE1 2RT

In debate on the future of long-term care funding, one topic has achieved more consensus than others: the need for a national system of assessment, entitlement and funding for long-term care. Statements from the Coalition Government show a keen awareness of the problems associated with the effective ‘postcode lottery’ in state support, and the non-portability of entitlements. Reports on the topic receive front-page newspaper headlines, hinting at the potential political pressure that could be generated in the future by the current system.

However, while a move to a national system of social care funding and entitlement is easy to recommend, the implications of such a change are extremely complex and far-reaching. For example, it is unclear whether such a move would require the £15 billion of locally administered expenditure on social care to be transferred from the Department for Communities and Local Government to other departments. Given the role of locally-raised Council Tax in funding social care, it is also likely that major reform of Council Tax would be involved.

This event will bring together a group of experts and stakeholders to distil the implications of a move to a national system of care funding for local government finances, and explore some scenarios as to how the transition would occur.

This event explored:

  • What would be the implications of a national system of social care assessment and entitlement for current local government financing, Council Tax and the Revenue Support Grant?
  • What would be the transition process involved in moving from a local to a national system of funding care and support?
  • What are the likely pitfalls that may emerge as the government tried to implement such a change?

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