Adult social care is under a select committee spotlight with councils, care providers and Ministers quizzed on what options can be offered – at what cost.
The Commons Communities and Local Government Committee holds the first evidence session of the inquiry on Monday (Sept 12) as members look into the financial sustainability of local authority adult social care and the quality of care provided.
Monday’s introductory session is intended to provide an overview of the main issues, looking at areas such as pressures on social care budgets, care commissioning and market oversight, and the state of social care in England.
The Committee will move on to examine whether the funding available for adult social care is sufficient for local authorities to fulfil their statutory obligations to assess and meet the needs of people requiring care and support. This includes looking at the impact of policies such as the National Living Wage and the two per cent council tax precept.
The inquiry also explores the role of carers and looks at alternative funding models for financing and providing care. It covers all adult social care provided or commissioned by local authorities and not just the support given to elderly care users.
Local authorities, care providers and Government ministers will be invited to give evidence in public session.
The Committee is also 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
- 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.
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.”