The House of Commons Communities and Local Government Select Committee report on adult social care calls for major reform of social care funding and regulation. Members of the committee examined evidence on how funding affects the quantity and quality of care across the country. They also looked at the care commissioning landscape, workforce issues, the integration agenda between health and social care, and innovation.
It is concerning that fewer than one in twelve Directors of Social Care are fully confident that their local authority will be able to meet its statutory duties in 2017–18.
The report also looks at innovation in the social care sector, highlighting examples of work to enable care provision within family and community settings, which echoes our own 2030 Vision for health and care. We want people to be better-informed and assume a greater role in shaping collective wellbeing through a commitment to self-care and fellowship.
The committee goes on to say that the social care system is increasingly reliant upon unpaid carers – impacting their own work-life balance and health in the long-term.