Future of social care

As frustration grows at the further delays in the publication of the government’s green paper on the future of social care in England, we've been taking a keen interest in the growing momentum for radical action to address the care needs of the ageing population.

At this month's Age UK conference, amidst calls for greater leadership, investment and integration between health and social care services, Caroline Dinenage MP,  Minister of State for Care, assured delegates that the green paper will be published ‘in the Autumn’. She indicated that publication is likely to coincide with the publication of the NHS 10-year spending plan (see our response to the consultation on mental health priorities below). In response to a question from the conference floor, Ms Dinenage confirmed that ‘wellbeing is a critical part of social care’.

The full extent of the costs of meeting the social care needs of an ageing population have been set out in a new report. A Taxing Question: How to pay for free personal care, published by Independent Age, provides comparative costs of funding care and calls for political parties to accept the social justice arguments for free personal care and the tax increases required to adequately deliver good quality care to all who need it.

NHS 10-Year Plan

We've responded to NHS England’s call to identify priority areas in the 10-year plan for mental health spending. We've called for a full choice of evidence-based talking therapies to be offered to all who need them and that particular priority should be given to older adults whose mental health needs are overlooked, under-diagnosed and under-treated.