Social care green paper to cover younger adults

The social care green paper will cover younger adults, health and social care secretary Matt Hancock has revealed.

While being questioned by MPs during a committee hearing about the document concentrating on the care of older people and working age social care becoming a ‘poorer cousin’, Hancock replied: ‘No, the green paper will cover adult social care as a whole. My aim is for it to be wide-ranging because you have got to look at the system as a whole.’

The cabinet minister admitted the NHS and social care systems were complicated in terms of what people are entitled to.

He said: ‘As far as I’m concerned all options are on the table.

‘There’s no point in putting the two in the same department if you are not going to make the most of the interaction between the two. Does that mean there needs to be a structural change? I can tell you this, I’m pretty sceptical of large top-down reorganisations in this area.

‘There are opportunities from technology to get better integration and interoperability even if the funding is coming from different places.’

Speaking on the Court of Appeal’s Mencap decision on sleep-ins earlier this month, Hancock said he was ‘pleased’ with outcome as it ‘followed natural justice’.