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Annual £7bn injection needed as starting point for social care reform, says Care England

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Care England has called for an annual £7bn increase in social care funding as a starting point for reform.

The largest representative body of independent adult social care providers has submitted evidence to the Housing, Communities and Local Government inquiry into the long term funding of adult social care.

The submission sought to stress that a new reality has been imposed upon the adult social care sector as a result of COVID-19. In turn, any future funding reform must take account of the new realities imposed upon the sector and England’s population.

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Care England argues that future strategies must take a holistic approach towards the long term development of adult social care including: Outcome and evidence-based funding and provider models; commissioning; workforce development; and the impact of COVID-19 upon adult social care and England’s population.

Professor Martin Green OBE, chief executive of Care England, (pictured) said: “We hope that the Housing Communities and Local Government Select Committee’s second inquiry into the long term funding of adult social care proves a catalyst in the government implementing funding reform. The sector cannot wait. Funding alone will not, however, remedy the dysfunctionalities which have emerged concerning adult social care funding. As we advance, we must seek to override those cultures and processes which mean care is often not commissioned at sufficient rates.

“It is now or never. We want to work with the government to ensure that it can deliver on its promise of reform.”

The news comes after nearly two thirds of MPs said they believe that the budget for social care should be raised by £7 billion per year over the next two years, according to a new survey.

Publishing the findings today, Health for Care, a coalition of 15 health organisations led by the NHS Confederation, warned that the social care system needs “urgent and radical reform and significant investment” and called on the government to “rapidly deliver” on its manifesto pledge to transform the struggling sector.

The Health and Social Care Committee has also called for a £7bn annual increase in social care funding in the government’s spending review to avoid the risk of market collapse.

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