4th July 2019: in the words of Lord Forsyth, chair of the Lords Economic Affairs Committee report, as quoted in today’s Guardian.
The report “Social care funding: time to end a national scandal,” is published today.
Without training and investing in the workforce, better funding for providers is just part of the answer
The Committee argues that the most efficient way to meet the cost of adult social care must be via taxation, which we have been arguing for many years.
They also point out that we don’t need yet another Green Paper and that the Government should just produce a White Paper and get on with enabling the much needed urgent changes.
They also argue that funding should no longer rely on local authority funding which has little relationship to the demand for care and that care workers should have a career structure which acknowledges and values their work and commitment.
The report makes no comment on quality, which we consider to be the crucial missing link. Without training and investing in the workforce, better funding for providers is just part of the answer but at least this Committee has asked many of the right questions.