The House of Lords Economic Affairs Committee has launched an inquiry into the social care system in England, requesting written contributions to its investigation.

The committee will focus on the funding challenges faced in the country and look at the effectiveness of different financial models, the shortfalls in delivery and make recommendations on how future social care demands can be met.

It is seeking evidence to address all of the following questions:

  • What are the funding challenges for social care in England, and how can they be overcome?
  • Why have successive governments been reluctant to address challenges in the delivery of social care?
  • How can a sustainable funding model for social care supported by a diverse and stable market be created?
  • How can the cost of the provision of social care be fairly distributed?
  • What lessons can be learnt from elsewhere in the UK, or from other countries, in how they approach social care?

Lord Forsyth of Drumlean, committee chairman, said: ‘As a committee we intend to consider the funding challenges, and how they can be overcome, in the delivery of social care in England. We will make our recommendations to Government in due course, but to inform our work we want to hear from as broad a range of people as possible.’

The deadline for submissions is 9 October. For more information click here.