Social Care and the Spending Review

Social Care and the Spending Review
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Date(s) - 11/06/2013
5:00 pm - 6:30 pm

House of Commons

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An APPG on Social Care and Strategic Society Centre joint meeting to explore the questions facing the social care system as the government undertakes its spending review.

Twitter hashtag: #socialcareSR

Speakers at this event will include:

  • Professor Ruth Hancock, University of East Anglia
  • Dr Raphael Wittenberg, PSSRU, LSE
  • Sandie Keene, President, ADASS and Director of Adult Social Services, Leeds City Council
  • Richard Humphries, Assistant Director – Policy, The King’s Fund
  • James Lloyd, Director, Strategic Society Centre

 Barbara Keeley MP, Chair of the APPG on Social Care, will chair the meeting.

The government’s recent decision to allocate an extra £1 billion to the social care system in England from 2016 to fund the ‘capped cost’ reforms will be funded by freezing inheritance tax thresholds and changes to the State Pension.

However, there remains significant pressure on the ‘baseline’ care system in England. The ‘efficiency savings’ realised since 2010 will be difficult to recreate, and councils confront growing demand for support from an ageing population.

As the government undertakes its Spending Review up to 2016, this session will therefore explore:

  • Demand – what resources will the social care system in England require over the next five years?
  • Shortfalls – what are the consequences of funding streams failing to meet demand?
  • Value – how can the social care system demonstrate its value in the context of the Spending Review process?
  • Cost capping – what will different resource scenarios mean for the government’s ‘capped cost’ reforms, due to be launch in 2016?
  • Ring-fencing – given not all the money earmarked for social care in previous spending reviews was used for this purpose, what are the options for policymakers?
  • NHS – should the social care system join other government departments in arguing that some of its resource needs should be from ring-fenced NHS budgets?
  • New resources – what are the options for directing more money into the social care system, either from new taxes or other areas of public spending?

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