MPs are to investigate whether current levels of adult social care funding is sufficient and sustainable, as fears grow over the quality of care provided to some of the UK’s most vulnerable citizens.
Local authorities have a statutory obligation to assess and meet the care needs of all those requiring care and support, and not only elderly care users.
The Communities and Local Government Committee has launched an inquiry into the financial sustainability of local authority adult social care and the quality of care provided, it has been announced today.
MPs will also look at how the 2015 Spending Review has impacted on adult social care, including the two per cent council tax precept, the Better Care Fund, and the so-called National Living Wage.
The role of carers and local authority commissioning of adult social care will also be explored, looking at possible alternatives to current funding models, and the progress made by local authorities and healthcare providers in integrating health and social care services.
Committee Chair Clive Betts MP said: “Adult Social Care provides a lifeline to some of the most vulnerable people in society but is coming under increasing pressure as a result of growing demand and declining local authority budgets.
“Our inquiry will look at the financial sustainability of this care and support to see what can be done to allow councils to continue to meet their legal obligations for future generations.”
The Committee is inviting written submissions on the following issues:
- The impact of the 2015 Spending Review and Local Government Finance Settlement, including the two per cent council tax precept, the Better Care Fund, and the National Living Wage, on whether the funding available for social care is sufficient to enable local authorities to fulfil their duties under the Care Act 2014 to assess and meet the needs of people in need of care and support
- The role of carers in providing adult social care, the relationship between local authorities and carers and whether the funding available is sufficient for local authorities to assess and meet their needs
- The effect of local authority adult social care commissioning practices and market oversight functions on their local social care markets
- Innovative approaches to the design and delivery of adult social care, for example use of digital technology, and the progress made by local authorities and health services to deliver integrated health and social care by 2020, and the expected outcomes
Details on how to provide written submissions to the inquiry can be found here. The deadline for submissions is Friday 19 August 2016.