Years of cuts to councils budgets mean that adult social care spending per person was 9% lower in 2017-18 than in 2009-10 - at the same time costs and demands have been rising, not least due to an ageing population. Funding reforms are also making councils’ budgets more dependent on local tax revenues - which may not match local demands for services, potentially risking a budget-based ‘postcode lottery’? However, the government said it wants to reduce what it calls the ’unacceptable’ discrepancies in service availability and quality that already exist.
This session with shine a spotlight on social care funding and ask - where do we go from here? How big a funding gap could we be looking at? Where could the money come from to fill this? What are the pros and cons of different options? And what is the role of the government, councils and the NHS in squaring the policy circles and funding a social care system fit for the future?