MP committee on social care funding: SCIE response

22 October 2020

The health and social care select committee are saying today that at least £7bn a year should be invested in the care sector by 2023-24; and that the full cost of adequately funding social care is likely to run into tens of billions.

Social Care Institute for Excellence Chief Executive Kathryn Smith says:

It’s good news that MPs are saying publicly what we in the sector all know: Adult care and support needs a decent funding settlement. We say in our recent Beyond Covid report that for too long the sector’s been living hand-to-mouth to long-term and that what’s needed is sustainable funding . We simply can’t go on like this, and call on the Government for a fair and long-term funding settlement for social care.

Kathryn Smith continues;

But it’s not just about funds to keep social care going, important though that money is. We need to see a shift of some investment - and much focus - away from remedial and acute services towards prevention. To assist with this shift in policy, we suggest introducing innovation funds so that the sector can scale up the most effective preventative models of care, housing and technology. And the workforce needs higher pay, better conditions, progression and development. Social care needs parity of esteem with the NHS. A long-term funding settlement is one of several ways to achieve this. Action is now needed.

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