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Leading social care voices to be questioned by MPs about sector reform

Leading social care voices are to be questioned by the Housing Communities and Local Government (HCLG) select committee about the government’s plans to reform the sector.

On Monday 18 October from 4pm, the HCLG committee will hold the first evidence session of its inquiry into long-term funding of adult social care.

The cross-party group of MPs will question witnesses over two panels.

In the first panel, representatives from local government – which commissions and pays for social care services – will be asked for their views on how far the government’s new Health and Social Care Plan addresses adult social care funding pressures.

They will also be asked about the integration of health and social care, and for views on what should be included in the government’s upcoming social care white paper.

The first panel, which starts at 4pm, includes:

  • Councillor Tim Oliver, chair, County Councils Network
  • Stephen Chandler, President, Association of Directors of Adult Social Services
  • Sarah Pickup, deputy chief executive of the Local Government Association

The second panel, made up of industry representatives from the adult social care sector, will also be asked for their views on the plan and upcoming white paper, as well as about pressures on the workforce and how the adult social care market can be stabilised.

The second panel, which starts at 5pm, includes:

  • Jane Ashcroft CBE, chief executive, Anchor
  • Steve Scown, chief executive, Dimensions UK
  • Dr Jane Townson, Chief Executive, Homecare Association

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