The Commission on Funding of Care and Support today stated that it would publish its final report on 4 July.
It wouldn’t be an understatement to say that this will be one of the most significant developments in policy in general, let alone in social care, of this year or many more to come.
We’ll have to wait until 4 July for the details (Community Care has done a bit on keeping track of what we know so far). But the announcement of the publication date for the report is encouraging.
Here are three reasons why:
- They’ve published a specific date the report will be available. They’ve not been vague. They’re serious about this report and so will hold firm to what it says in it – not dilly dally and go round the houses with it.
- The report will be on an “affordable and sustainable funding system for care and support for all adults in England”. That is, not just older people, but people of working age as well. That’s a focus that hasn’t always been there in previous social care publications.
- The report will be for care and support “both in the home and other settings”. Note it isn’t just about residential care – there is an implied focus here on independent living and not “traditional” forms of social care.
I’m hopeful about Dilnot, and today’s release reaffirms that hope.