About the Commission on the Role of Housing in the Future of Care and Support

The Commission on the Role of Housing in the Future of Care and Support was launched in October 2020 and will present a blueprint for the future to enable greater choice and availability of housing and support for older people who may find it difficult to live independently at home, or who choose to live somewhere which provides more support options. The Commission is funded by the Dunhill Medical Trust and Chaired by Rt Hon Paul Burstow, Sir David Pearson CBE and Professor Julienne Meyer CBE; with Social Care Institute for Excellence (SCIE) providing the secretariat.

Amongst other work, including new research, the Commission will revisit the work of the Commission on Residential Care (CORC) – which reported in 2014 and develop a new vision and roadmap setting out how we fund, commission, plan and deliver a growing range of financially deliverable models which enhance choice, flexibility and improved outcomes. It will be informed by the experiences of and learning from, the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Commission is of the view that whilst a range of models of housing with care and support exist, they are not available consistently and to all who need them across the country. The primary focus of this Commission will be on how we develop alternative models (including innovative models in relation to care homes); some of which already exist, but others may need to be developed. The Commission will concentrate on the needs of people over the age of 65, although it will also take account of examples of best practice in relation to working age adults (including those with learning disabilities), where their application to the needs of older people is perceived to be pertinent. It will also consider the specific needs of BAME (Black, Asian and minority ethnic) communities, LGBTQ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer or questioning) communities and people with disabilities; who often find it more difficult than others to access high-quality housing that facilitates their care and support.

Commissioners

The Commission on the role of housing in the future of care and support will be chaired by Rt Hon Paul Burstow, Chair of SCIE and former Minister of State for Care Services (2010-12); David Pearson CBE, Independent Advisor and former Chair of the Social Care Sector COVID-19 Support Taskforce; and Professor Julienne Meyer CBE, Professor Emerita of Nursing: Care for Older People at City, University of London and Co-founder of My Home Life.

The other commissioners are:

The Commission will report in the summer of 2021.