The Politics of Long-term Care Funding Reform

The Politics of Long-term Care Funding Reform
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Date(s) - 28/06/2011
5:30 pm - 7:00 pm

British Library Conference Centre

A British Library and Strategic Society Centre joint debate on the politics of reforming older people’s long-term care funding.

Date and time: 17.30-19.00, June 28th, 2011

Location: British Library Conference Centre, 96 Euston Road, London, NW1 2DB

Twelve years on from the Royal Commission on funding long-term care, Whitehall awaits the findings of another independent commission, which will inform another social care White Paper to be published just 18 months after that of the previous government.

The problem of long-term care funding is first and foremost a problem of politics. As an increasing number of commentators have observed, both society and the older population in particular possess sufficient wealth to be able to fund the best care system in the world. The multiple crises afflicting long-term care funding arise from the failings of the political system to channel sufficient public and private money into social care in a way that pools risk.

These failings result not just from a lack of agreement on how reform should unfold. When the issue of care funding reform bubbled to the top of the political agenda at the start of 2010, it revealed hugely divergent conceptions of the problems involved and what outcomes would represent a successful policy response. It also revealed the potential for the issue of long-term care funding to become a ‘political football’.

At the cusp of a new chapter in the policy debate on long-term care funding, this event will explore:

  • What can social care stakeholders and the Commission on Funding Care and Support do to drive forward the reform agenda?
  • How can long-term care funding become a political issue without it becoming a partisan issue?
  • What are the opportunities for creating popular interest and support in an improved system?

Speakers at this event comprised:

  • James Lloyd, Director, Strategic Society Centre
  • Richard Humphries, Senior Fellow, The King’s Fund
  • Andrew Harrop, Director of Policy and Public Affairs, Age UK

The event was chaired by David Brindle, The Guardian.

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