Review of funding for older people’s services launched

    The government could come under pressure to commit far greater
    resources to social care by an independent review of funding for
    older people’s services, launched yesterday,
    writes Mithran Samuel.

    The one-year inquiry, called by the King’s Fund, is headed
    by Derek Wanless, whose review of NHS funding in 2002 led the
    government to dramatically increase health spending.

    In the same review, Wanless called for a fundamental review of
    social care funding, though the government is understood to have
    shunned a review because of the possibility it would call for large
    funding increases.

    Wanless said: “The rate of increase of social care costs
    may well outstrip healthcare costs because of
    demographics…[The review] needs to be done.”

    Welcoming the review, president of the Association of Directors
    of Social Services Tony Hunter, said: “We have long pressed
    for a comprehensive and credible review of the demands on social
    care and an analysis of the resources available to meet those needs
    and demands.

    “The King’s Fund is to be commended for having taken such a bold
    and imaginative step,” he added.

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