Toward a New Co-Production of Care

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Date(s) - 15/12/2010
10:00 am - 11:30 am

Nuffield Foundation

A seminar looking at the interaction of formal and informal care in the context of renewed efforts to achieve a settlement on long-term care funding.

Location: The Nuffield Foundation, 28 Bedford Square, London, WC1B 3JS

Date and time: 10.00-11.30, Wednesday December 15th, 2010

The Government is once again examining how best to fund long-term care. However, any new settlement for funding social care will, by definition, also determine the role of informal care and will implicitly provide an answer to the question: how much should society rely on family carers in the future?

This brings into sharp focus the interaction of formal and informal care in a ‘mixed-economy’ of care, the effectiveness of policy frameworks to support carers, and the extent to which different long-term care funding options help or hinder policy objectives around informal caring.

In short: what mechanisms will create the right balance between formal and informal care provision, and how can such mechanisms be incorporated into a new model for funding social care?

This event explored the questions:

  • What are the virtues of ‘carer-blind’ and ‘carer-sighted’ models of long-term care funding?
  • What are the most effective interventions to support the outcomes of carers and how can these relate to models of longterm care funding?
  • Which policy frameworks – rights-based entitlements, demand-rationing mechanisms – can be applied to achieve an appropriate balance between formal and informal care at the household and societal levels?

Speakers at this event comprised:

  • James Lloyd, Director, Strategic Society Centre
  • Elaine Edgar, Head of Policy, Carers Team, Department of Health

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