Care England submits evidence to Health and Social Care Select Committee’s latest inquiry on funding and workforce


Care England, the largest representative body for independent providers of adult social care, has submitted written evidence to the Health and Social Care Select Committee.

Professor Martin Green OBE, Chief Executive of Care England, says:
“Sad though it is to receive recognition through disaster, the coronavirus pandemic has brought to light the essential role of adult social care.  Moving beyond lockdown, we need to craft a new approach, one that ensures that vulnerable people are not abandoned by the NHS.  We need a system of support in which health and social care act in a coordinated fashion focused around the person and are financed adequately and appropriately”.

The Health and Social Care Select Committee’s latest inquiry focuses on funding and workforce, two of the most important pillars of the adult social care sector.  It explores:

  • 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?

Martin Green continues:
“A decreasing funding pot has hampered providers’ efforts to recruit and retain staff. This has manifest in a number of ways, spanning the overall financial attractiveness of the adult social care sector as an entity in itself, but also providers ability to compete with other sectors.  The adult social care workforce needs to be seen for what it is, an exciting, challenging, professional career and we have to ensure that staff are remunerated accordingly”.


  1. Professor Martin Green OBE, Chief Executive of Care England is an experienced voice in the care sector and he needs to be listened to. For he is correct to say that there is insufficient investment into Social Care areas, being care homes, home care, hospices , supported living etc. and there has been for many years, well before COVID-19 and the 10 or more years of the Tory austerity cuts. In my experience for at least 40 years, but austerity cuts and certainly COVID-19 have had serious impacts on the care profession.

    Action is urgently required or the profession could well cease to exist to any degree within the UK. Safeguarding is already a prime concern and without even more insufficient care being available safeguarding will hit and more likely go through the roof.

    There have been delays after delays and then more, the care profession needs an imediate increase in funding to remedy many of the insufficiency within the profession, which are causing many concerns to persons in need of care and their families, many of whom or at breaking point or beyond.

    For the work and responsibilities care workers undertake their pay is abysmal for many on on or just above the National Living Wage of £8.72 per hour for persons 25 years and over. For below that it is the National Minimum Wage of £8.20 for persons over 21 years and even less for those under 21years.

    Whereas the starting salary should be at least the Living Wage of £9.30 for persons outside of London.

    There are also many others areas for consideration and these are covered in the Unison Ethical Care Charter,

    There is also my petition, Solve the crisis in Social Care,

    With more information,

    So please do all you can to support Social Care and Social Care workers.

  2. Brilliant matt hancock and borris Johnston should be putting carers allowance minimum wage also nhs pay rise but they only think of their own pockets they wont listen they never do


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