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The King's Fund responds to the House of Lords Economic Affairs Committee’s report on social care funding

Sally Warren, Director of Policy at The King’s Fund responded to the House of Lords Economic Affairs Committee’s report, Social care funding: time to end a national scandal

‘The social care system is no longer fit for purpose and is failing the people who use it, their families and carers. This report, from an influential cross-party group which includes two former Chancellors, makes a strong case for immediate, additional public investment in social care.

‘In the longer term the case for change is overwhelming, and we welcome the Committee’s call to move towards a more generous system that would give more people access to publicly funded social care as a useful contribution to the public debate. Any kind of fundamental reform will require more money – but continuing to patch up the current failing system would be also costly and would not tackle its fundamental flaws that impact on families every day.

‘Politicians must therefore be honest with the public about the shortcomings of the current system and the costs of reform.

‘Reforming social care is now one of the most urgent and important social policy issues facing the country and should be at the top of the agenda for the new Prime Minister.'

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The King's Fund is an independent charity working to improve health and care in England. We help to shape policy and practice through research and analysis; develop individuals, teams and organisations; promote understanding of the health and social care system; and bring people together to learn, share knowledge and debate. Our vision is that the best possible health and care is available to all.

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