Vote Care? Social care and the 2015 election

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Date(s) - 05/11/2014
4:30 pm - 6:30 pm

Strategic Society Centre

A public debate on England’s social care system before and after the 2015 general election.

Twitter hashtag: #vote2015care

Speakers at this event will include:

  • Richard Humphries, The King’s Fund
  • Professor Julien Forder, PSSRU
  • Emily Holzhausen, Carers UK
  • Bridget Warr, UKHCA

In the summer of 2010, few anticipated social care would become one of the Coalition Government’s busiest areas of reform.

The Care Act, the ‘capped cost’ funding reforms and the Better Care Fund represent far-reaching changes that will touch upon the lives of millions of people.

However, funding cuts to local authorities, a projected ‘black hole’ in the NHS budget and uncertainties around implementation of the Care Act have left many in social care fearful, even before further rounds of public spending cuts up to 2018.

With six months to the 2015 general election and the Coalition in its final stages, this event will explore:

  • Coalition record – has social care been a success story or failure of the Coalition?
  • Manifestos – what should be the priorities for social care as the parties draft their 2015 manifestos?
  • Election – will social care be a ‘doorstep issue’ in 2015?
  • Funding – what are the opportunities before and after the election for a new settlement around how much society spends on care?
  • Looking ahead – what will be the key developments in social care during the next parliament? Given renewed focus on integration, will 2015 be the last election to feature discussion of “social care”?

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