Social care green paper seemingly delayed again

“It is difficult to see how the forthcoming Spending Review can be influenced towards a sustainable solution of social care.”

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The government’s social care green paper has been delayed for release “in due course”, having missed its 1st April deadline.

Originally intended for released in 2017, 1st April is the latest of deadlines to be missed.

In December last year, Health Secretary Matt Hancock denied reports that the paper had been overlooked due to Brexit to say it was waiting on “finishing touches”.

A month later told he told the Commons he “certainly intended” to see the paper provided this month.

The Department of Health and Social Care now expects the paper “in due course”.

Glen Garrod, president of the Association of Directors of Adult Social Services, said: “By now there should have been a published green paper, a national debate over several months and, as a result, a government response indicating the direction of travel for adult social care.

“We need a well-informed and considered green paper and national debate on the future of social care at the earliest possible opportunity.

“Without this, it is difficult to see how the forthcoming Spending Review can be influenced towards a sustainable solution of social care.”

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