Inclusion London’s Evidence to the Social Care Funding and Workforce Inquiry

A sustainable funding solution for adult social care is urgently needed as the current funding system is failing Disabled people – read our full report

In March the Government launched an inquiry into Social Care Funding. The inquiry was delayed due to the coronavirus emergency but resumed a few months later. Inclusion London submitted evidence to the inquiry at the end of July 2020.

The inquiry into social care funding will seek to establish how much extra money would need to be spent by government in each of the next five years to counteract the impact of a shortage of care on the NHS.

MPs will also consider shortages in the social care workforce and what solutions need to be found to address changes in the years ahead.

The Committee welcomed short submissions of evidence addressing the following questions:

  • What impact is the current social care funding situation having on the NHS?
  • What level of funding is required in each of the next five years to address this?
  • What is the extent of current workforce shortages in social care, how will they change over the next five years, and how do they need to be addressed?
  • What further reforms are needed to the social care funding system in the long term?

Inclusion London sumbmitted evidence to the inquiry at the end of July 2020. You can read our recommendations and download a full copy of the report below

Inclusion London’s evidence to the inquiry

Key points 

  • A sustainable funding solution for adult social care is urgently needed as the current funding system is failing Disabled people.  
  • There has been over £6 billion savings in the social care budget since 2010, as a result many Disabled peoples’ social care packages have been reduced to a basic clean and feed model of care, which isolates Disabled people in their own homes so contact or participation in the community is not possible.
  • Disabled people call for a social care and support system which is adequately funded in sustainable way so our rights under Article 19 – Living independently and being included in the community under the UN Convention of Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UNCRPD) are fully implemented.

Summary of key recommendations:

  • That social care and support, free at the point of delivery is funded through general taxation.    
  • That the following underlying principles underpin the sustainable funding model of social care in the future:
    • The rights contained in Article 19 of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UNCRPD)  and the UNCRPD Committee’s General Comments on Article 19.  
    • The social model of disability. 
    • The twelve pillars of independent living 
  • The future funding model supports a National Independent Living Service as described in this document 

You can download the full report below:

Inclusion London’s Evidence to the Social Care Funding and Workforce Inquiry