The Government has welcomed the Commission’s report. It makes important recommendations about how, as a society, we will organise and fund social care and we will consider these carefully.
In the current public spending environment, we have to consider the additional costs of the Commission’s proposals carefully against other priorities for improvement in the social care system.
We are therefore planning to build on the Commission’s report – and set it in the wider context for reform – as a basis for engagement with stakeholders to consider the strategic questions for social care. We will then publish a White Paper in Spring 2012 on wider social care reform, as well as a progress report on the funding of social care.