The First Secretary of State and Minister for the Cabinet Office, Damian Green, has announced today that the Government will publish a Green Paper on care and support for older people by Summer 2018. The Paper will set out plans for how Government proposes to improve care and support for older people and tackle the challenge of an ageing population.
As people are living longer and the population ages, the Government recognises the need to reach a long-term, sustainable solution to providing the care older people need. As part of this work the Government has begun a process of engagement in advance of the Green Paper to ensure it reflects a wide range of views and requirements. Government will work with independent experts, stakeholders and users to shape the long-term reforms that will be proposed in the Green Paper.
These proposals will build on the additional £2 billion over the next three years that the Government has already provided to meet social care needs, reduce pressures on NHS services and stabilise the social care provider market in the short term.
First Secretary of State and Minister for the Cabinet Office, Damian Green, said:
“An ageing population needs a long-term solution for care, but building a sustainable support system will require some big decisions. In developing the Green Paper, it is right that we take the time needed to debate the many complex issues and listen to the perspectives of experts and care users, to build consensus around reforms which can succeed.”
Secretary of State for Health, Jeremy Hunt said:
“We are committed to reforming social care to ensure we can guarantee everyone dignity and security in old age. It is important we consider a wide variety of views on the future of the social care system – as our ageing population continues to grow it is absolutely vital that we get this right.”
Once the Green Paper is published in Summer 2018, it will be subject to a full public consultation.
Commenting on the announcement, Jeremy Hughes, Chief Executive Officer at Alzheimer’s Society, said: “We’re reassured that the Government is today setting out its commitment to address the social care crisis so that real action can begin.
It’s vital people with dementia are put at the heart of this consultation – they are the majority of the people needing social care. The election showed that the public are hungry for social care reform, but with the paper not expected until summer, they will have had another year of waiting.. If there has been no true progress by then we, and people with dementia, will be asking big questions of the Government.
“Our helpline has taken too many desperate calls from people selling furniture from their living rooms and clothes off their backs to pay for their care. If the Government is truly committed to finding a solution, we need to see today’s words put into action in next week’s Budget. People with dementia can’t wait any longer, it’s time to put pounds behind the promises.”