Who we are

The Commission was set up by Government as an independent body to make recommendations on how we can achieve an affordable and sustainable funding system for care and support, for all adults in England, both in the home and other settings.

It will also be looking at funding in the context of broader support for older people and other users of care services. The Commission is required to report on its findings to Government by end July 2011.

Chair – Andrew Dilnot

Andrew Dilnot, economist and broadcaster, is Principal of St Hugh’s College, Oxford and a Pro Vice Chancellor of Oxford University.  He is the chairman of the Statistics Users Forum of the Royal Statistical Society, and a trustee of the Nuffield Foundation

His main research interests lie in government economic policy as it affects individuals, companies, and the wider economy.

He is passionate about the role and use of statistics, which is the subject of his book, ‘The Tiger that isn’t: seeing through a world of numbers’, written with his long-standing colleague Michael Blastland.  Rory Bremner said of the book that it ‘makes statistics far, far too interesting’.  He was awarded a CBE in 2000 for services to economics and economic policy.

“I am delighted to have been asked to Chair this Commission. How we best look after those who need care and support is one of the most pressing social policy challenges facing our society today. With more people living longer, we urgently need to find a fair and sustainable way to pay for the care which many of us will need.

“There are not going to be any easy answers, and I know difficult decisions will have to be made. However, I am looking forward to examining all the issues, and listening to the ideas of those who have been working on care and support over the past few years. This has been a hotly debated topic over recent months. It is now my job to consider the best way forward and offer concrete recommendations to Government.”


Commissioner – Dame Jo Williams

Dame Jo Williams is currently Chair of the Care Quality Commission.  She has over 30 years of experience in local government, including as Director of Social Services at Wigan Metropolitan Borough Council (1992 -97) and Cheshire County Council (1997 – 2002).  She was President of the Association of Directors of Social Services (1999/2000), and then held the position of Chief Executive of Mencap (2003 – 2008).  She was awarded a CBE in 2000 and DBE in 2007.


Commissioner – Lord Norman Warner

Lord Warner is currently a Labour member of the House of Lords and a member of the Lords Select Committee on Science and Technology.

He is a former Health Minister; and was Director of Social Services for Kent County Council between 1985 and1991, where he was involved in national reform of community care.

The Commission is also supported by a Secretariat drawn from across Government.

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