The Health and Social Care and the Housing, Communities and Local Government Committees have published their joint report into the long-term funding of adult social care.
During the inquiry process, Later Life Ambitions met with key members of the Committee to advocate for the right approach to the funding social care for LLA members.
Before these meetings, we ran a survey to better understand our member’s views on funding social care and over 500 of our members took part. This provided a valuable basis for our suggestions for the report.
We were very encouraged to see that the need for a cross-party approach to reforming social care funding is referenced throughout the report. LLA have long stated that a cross-party working group should be established to take the politics out of social care and agree a consistent, long-term way forward.
LLA also advocates for a dedicated ring-fenced tax to fund social care serves, so we were interested to see that that the new report has recommended that people aged over 40 should pay a dedicated social care premium to fund free social care in the future. We will now look closely at the proposals when they are announced in full, and in particular we will want assurances that the burden for generating new funding does not fall unfairly on pensioners through the introduction of a tax based upon National Insurance.
Key recommendations from the report include:
The report is an encouraging recognition of the considerable challenges posed by social care, and it represents and important first step towards resolving these issues. LLA will now continue to campaign to ensure that the Social Care Green Paper, which is now expected in the autumn, represents the views of our members and provides a sustainable, long-term vision for social care in the UK.
We encourage members to continue to write to their MP using our social care green paper toolkit, which is available online here.