Social care  

NAO report calls for urgent social care reform

“We welcome these conclusions and hope that the government makes good on its long-overdue promise to reform the social care sector,” said Padgham.

“It is time we put social care at the front of the queue and serve the millions of frail and vulnerable people with the care they need and give those providing that care the pay and recognition they have worked so hard to merit.”

Criticism of the government’s inaction on social care has intensified since prime minister Boris Johnson admitted reforms could take five years to implement

The ICG has stressed reforms have to happen urgently and has identified a number of areas that need to be addressed. 

These included an overhaul of how social care is planned and funded for, with a merger with NHS care.

On top of a fixed percentage of GDP for this cause, the ICG also wants extra funding to be diverted towards social care (from taxation or National Insurance) and social care businesses to be zero-rated for VAT.

Jon Yarker is a freelance reporter for FTAdviser