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Social care: funding and workforce


The reopened Social care: funding and workforce inquiry seeks to establish how much extra money would need to be spent by government in each of the next five years to counteract the impact of a shortage of care on the NHS. Shortages in the social care workforce and what solutions need to be found to address changes in the years ahead will also be considered.

The inquiry was paused in March to allow the committee to focus its efforts on the crisis posed by the outbreak of the coronavirus. In addition to the previously announced Terms of Reference, the inquiry will also consider what further reforms are needed to the long-term social care funding system.


Terms of reference:

  • What impact is the current social care funding situation having on the NHS and on people who need social care? 
  • What level of funding is required in each of the next five years to address this?
  • What is the extent of current workforce shortages in social care, how will they change over the next five years, and how do they need to be addressed? 
  • NEW What further reforms are needed to the social care funding system in the long term?


Submitting evidence:

The Committee welcomes short evidence submissions addressing the issues raised in the Terms of Reference. The original deadline was 5 June and submissions made by that date have been received and [will be] made available to the Committee [shortly], but evidence will be accepted throughout the course of the inquiry

More information on our inquiries and on how to submit evidence can be found on our website

Upcoming events

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Past events

Tuesday 8 September 2020
9:30am Private
10:00am Public
Social care: funding and workforce - Oral evidence 8 September 2020
  • James Bullion (President at Association of Directors of Adult Social Services)
  • Sarah Pickup (Deputy Chief Executive at Local Government Association)
  • Rt Hon Matt Hancock (Secretary of State at Department of Health and Social Care)
The Wilson Room, Portcullis House
Tuesday 14 July 2020
9:30am Private
10:00am Public
Social care: funding and workforce - Oral evidence 14 July 2020
  • Kevin Caulfield (Disabled person and strategic lead for co-production at Hammersmith and Fulham Borough Council)
  • Pamela King, former carer
  • Sir Andrew Dilnot (former Chair at Commission on Funding of Care and Support)
  • Yasuhisa Shiozaki, former Minister for Health, Labour and Welfare of Japan
  • Deborah Gray, care user
  • The Rt Hon. the Lord Forsyth of Drumlean (Chair at Economic Affairs Select Committee (HL))
Virtual meeting
Tuesday 23 June 2020
9:00am Private
9:30am Public
Social care: funding and workforce - Oral evidence 23 June 2020
  • Sue Ann Balcombe (Registered Manager at Priscilla Wakefield House Nursing Home)
  • Mel Cairnduff (Social Care Worker at Agincare)
  • Marlene Kelly (Registered Manager at Auburn Mere Care Home)
  • Raina Summerson (Chief Executive at Agincare)
  • Professor Martin Green (Chief Executive at Care England)
  • Oonagh Smyth (Chief Executive at Skills for Care)
  • Jane Townson (Chief Executive at UK Homecare Association)
Virtual meeting
Tuesday 9 June 2020
9:00am Private
9:30am Public
Social care: funding and workforce - Oral evidence 9 June 2020
  • Professor Tine Rosgaard, Roskilde University, Denmark
  • Paul Little (Director for Integrated Health and Care at Suffolk County Council & East Suffolk and North Essex Foundation Trust)
  • Daphne Havercroft, former carer and attorney for a social care user
  • Anita Charlesworth
  • Anna Severwright
  • George Stoye (Associate Director at Institute for Fiscal Studies)
Virtual meeting

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  • Phone: (general enquiries) 020 7219 6182 | 020 7219 6832 (media enquiries)
  • Address: Health and Social Care Committee, House of Commons, London, SW1A 0AA