Hard times, hard times, come again no more!
By Caring Times editor Geoff Hodgson
Good news! Parliament has set up a select committee to inquire into the quality and financial sustainability of adult social care in England!
Yes indeed, politicians are going to roll up their sleeves and get to the bottom of things, identifying the problems and sorting out what needs to be done to solve them.
The inquiry, which is now open for written submissions, will look at whether local authorities have sufficient funding to meet their statutory duties under the Care Act to assess and meet the needs of people requiring care and support. The impact of the National Living Wage policy and the 2% council tax precept, which were announced in last year’s spending reviews, will also be assessed.
Isn’t this great? I can almost hear the bolt-cutters snapping the chains around the banks’ coffers and envision social services chiefs revising their fee rates upwards. No doubt many care home owners will phone their property agents, telling them to take their failing businesses off the market, deciding to battle on, having seen this shining light at the end of the tunnel.
Just think! Once all this EU nonsense is out of the way, this inquiry means we can look forward to some real action on social care. After all, this Government doesn’t do things by halves – or quarters, or eighths, or . . .
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