Topss backs call for ‘Wanless’-style report

Posted on January 1st, by editor in Caring Times. No Comments

Topss England has added its weight to the calls on government to conduct a thorough “Wanless” type review of social care funding because of “considerable disquiet in the social care world” at the low level of funding for care in the Comprehensive Spending Review announced in the Chancellor1s autumn statement. A call for a “Wanless-style” report on the challenges facing social care was first made in November by the Institute for Public Policy Research (IPPR). In an open letter sent to Stephen Ladyman, minister responsible for social care at the Department of Health (DoH) on December20 , Topss England chair Arthur Keefe gave wide-ranging reasons for the disquiet which, he said, made such a review necessary. “The main resource in social care is staffing and there is little point in creating plans to recruit, train and retain a workforce greater than that which will be funded,” said Mr Keefe in his letter to the health minister. “It is therefore central to our concerns that we have both the long-term strategy you

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