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Four Months 'To Change the World' on Care

Magazine article Public Finance

Four Months 'To Change the World' on Care

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No long-term funding for social care services will be allocated until reform is finalised, the minister in charge said this week.

Speaking after the publication of the long-awaited green paper on adult social care, Stephen Ladyman said he was fully aware that funding issues needed to be discussed and debated.

But, he added: 'First we need to pinpoint what social care will look like before we can do comprehensive costings. We need to stop thinking about how much money we put in and start thinking about how we deliver services better.'

Speaking on March 22 at a meeting hosted by health thinktank the King's Fund, Ladyman said that the numbers requiring social care services were expected to quadruple by 2050, but that the government could not afford to increase resources by a similar amount.

Former NatWest chief executive Sir Derek Wanless recently embarked on a review of the long-term costs of social care, a study that is backed by the King's Fund but is missing central government support.

Ladyman urged managers and carers to grasp the opportunity presented by the green paper to reform fundamentally the design and delivery of social services.

'You have this four-month consultation period to change the world and, more importantly, to change the world of people you care for. …

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