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Commons committees launch joint social care inquiry

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Two Commons’ committees have launched a joint inquiry into the long-term funding of adult social care.

The communities and local government committee and the health committee today said they will seek to identify reforms that will “command broad consensus” in order to “allow progress” on establishing the long-term sustainability of the health and social care system.

The government’s social care green paper is due in the summer and the committees are expected to report in May.

In March last year, the CLG Committee recommended considering using national taxation as a new source of social care funding.

CLG committee chair Clive Betts MP (Lab) told LGC: “Social care funding is one of the biggest issues facing our society at the moment.

“At present there isn’t enough money available for what’s required. There has been a funding cut since 2010 and the number of people needing care is clearly rising.”

Mr Betts said it was the two commitees cunducting a joint inquiry is an ”indication of the seriousness of the situation”, adding that he hopes the report will  “set the agenda” for green paper.

“We hope the government listens to us,” Mr Betts said.

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