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Social care funding and workforce inquiry launched

10 March 2020

The inquiry into social care funding will seek 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.

MPs will also consider shortages in the social care workforce and what solutions need to be found to address changes in the years ahead.

Chair's comments

Health and Social Care Committee Chair Rt Hon Jeremy Hunt MP said:

“This longstanding crisis comes with a huge cost to families and individuals who can't get the social care they need. But it affects us all when a lack of availability prevents people leaving hospital, contributing to increased pressure on the NHS.

“We'll be establishing an agreed figure that represents the extra funding that's needed in each of the next five years in order to fix this.

“As well extra money, we'll be examining solutions to tackle staffing shortages in social care that would be responsive to workforce changes.”

Terms of reference:

The Committee welcomes short submissions of evidence addressing the following questions:

  • What impact is the current social care funding situation having on the NHS?
  • 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?

The Committee invites evidence from the public, organisations and others with relevant expertise, on the terms of reference. (Please note that submissions don't need to address all the areas covered in the terms of reference to be accepted).

Each submission should:

  • be no more than 3,000 words in length
  • be in Word format with as little use of colour or logos as possible
  • have numbered paragraphs

More information on how to get involved with an inquiry and submit evidence can be found here. The deadline for submissions is Tuesday 14 April 2020.

Further information

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