Committee calls on government to increase social care funding amid coronavirus (COVID-19)

Committee calls on government to increase social care funding amid coronavirus (COVID-19)

The Health and Social Care Committee has called on the government for a £7bn annual increase in social care funding both to prevent market collapse amid the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic and as a starting point for further reform of the social care system. In its report, the Committee also ‘backs the introduction of a lifetime cap to protect against catastrophic care costs as originally proposed by the Dilnot Commission and endorses further consideration of free personal care’. In addition, the Committee calls on the government to take action to improve the pay and recognition of social care workers through the creation of a clear career path that is better aligned with the NHS. Finally, it demands that the government put in place transitional arrangements to ensure the recruitment of social care workers from abroad for as long as it proves necessary.

The full report can be found here.

Source: MPs call for £7bn annual increase in social care funding as a starting point for reform – doing nothing ‘no longer an option’

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