Magazine article Public Finance

Social Care Promises 'Cannot Be Met without Further Funds'

Magazine article Public Finance

Social Care Promises 'Cannot Be Met without Further Funds'

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The new world of social care promised by ministers cannot be realised if funding levels stay as they are, leading academics have warned.

The social care green paper, which finally emerged in March, promised individual budgets to allow care users to buy in the services they need and more preventative measures to cut down hospital admissions.

But a King's Fund report issued this week highlighted the scale of the challenge, painting a bleak picture of the state of care services for older people in London, which are unable to fulfil the demands placed on them.

'The green paper is right to change the relationship between user and provider but much more attention needs to be paid to the supply side,' the report's author Janice Robinson told PuMc Finance.

'A greater range of services is needed. It is unrealistic to expect a more ambitious agenda to emerge if the government keeps to its current position of no more new money. …

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