We launched it on 31 July after the Government announced another delay to its own Green Paper, and we received more than 540 consultation responses.
“There is universal agreement that the current situation is unsustainable, and we can’t go on like this”
We have now published our response to the consultation, setting out our recommendations for how government could sort out the funding crisis facing care services – most notably by an urgent injection of genuinely new national investment, to address the social care funding gap of £3.56 billion by 2024/25.
While the additional cash for social care announced in the Budget (see p16) is helpful, we need a long-term solution to a problem that has been at least 20 years in the making.
We need a sustainable funding solution that stabilises the care market and lets us deliver the high-quality services that allow our older and disabled residents to live the lives they want to lead.
The amazing response we have had to our green paper shows that there is universal agreement that the current situation is unsustainable and is failing people on a daily basis, and we can’t go on like this.