Social care funding gap inquiry reopens

Former health and social care secretary Jeremy Hunt

An inquiry to establish how much extra money will be needed to be spent by government in each of the next five years to bridge the funding gap in social care has reopened.

The Health and Social Care Committee inquiry, which was paused in March to allow the committee to concentrate on Covid-19, will also investigate shortages in the workforce and what solutions need to be found.

In addition to the previous terms of reference, the inquiry will also consider what reforms are needed to the long-term social care funding system.

Committee chair Jeremy Hunt MP said: ‘Social care is in urgent need of reform, not only to deliver the necessary funding, but to support our crucial social care workforce.

‘Never has this been more apparent than during the pandemic, as social care staff work above and beyond to protect our most vulnerable people in a hugely challenging situation, with difficulties compounded by historical problems with funding and workforce – we heard this loud and clear at our most recent evidence session.’

The deadline for submissions is Friday 5 June. However, the committee said evidence will be accepted throughout the course of the inquiry. Details on how to submit can be found here.