The First Secretary of State and Minister for the Cabinet Office, The Rt Hon Damian Green MP, has announced the Government will delay the consultation about care for older people until summer 2018. This is the second time ministers have moved the timetable for a full consultation on one of the most significant issues facing the British public.
In his statement, Damian Green, confirmed further detail around the scope of the consultation and the process the Government will carry out to consult widely upon dealing with the challenges flowing from our ageing population. This includes a commitment to work with independent experts to help shape long-term reforms. It is his ambition to build on previous announcements about funding to meet social care needs and attempts to reduce pressures on NHS services and social care providers.
Whilst we welcome the Government’s commitment to publishing a social care Green Paper that will look at the long-term challenges faced by users and providers of care services alike, this is the second time the consultation has been moved. It could also indicate that the Chancellor’s forthcoming Budget will not address widespread concerns about social care services under increasing strain. It is within everybody’s best interests that the consultation begins as soon as possible Joel Charles, Deputy Chief Executive, Future Care Capital