Magazine article Public Finance

Minister Promises Major Review of Social Care Funding

Magazine article Public Finance

Minister Promises Major Review of Social Care Funding

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Social care minister Ivan Lewis has responded to last weeks damning report on social care for older people by calling for a 'new, fair settlement' between the state and individuals.

'We've got to have a major and fresh look at this,' Lewis told Public Finance. 'It seems to me that if we're always going to have a means-tested social care system - which is the reality for the long term - we need to look at the creation of a new, fair settlement between the state and citizens and families in terms of responsibilities in this area.'

Lewis was talking to PF in the wake of the Commission for Social Care Inspection's finding that two-thirds of councils were unable to provide the sort of preventative social care at the heart of the government's own early intervention' and care closer to home' agenda.

While Lewis accepted that demographic pressures and rising expectations meant the system needed to be looked at afresh, he denied that the system as a whole lacked the necessary funds today.

'Some of [social care's] pressure is because of demographic realities, but equally, some of it is because the money isn't in the right place. …

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