(2) whether she plans to have a public consultation on the proposals contained in the Wanless social care review; and if she will make a statement;
(3) what progress her Department’s working group on social care funding has made; and if she will make a statement.
Departmental officials have regular discussions with their counterparts at HM Treasury about the broad range of policy and funding options for adult social care in preparation for the comprehensive spending review 2007. They draw upon the best range of available evidence to support these discussions.
The Wanless social care review, “Securing Good Care for Older People”, has been an important—but not exclusive—addition to the evidence base about the long term funding of adult social care. There are no current plans to consult the public on the proposals in the report.
The comprehensive spending review working group continues to have discussions about funding for adult social care. It is due to meet finally this autumn. The outcome of these discussions will be added to the wider evidence base required for the Department’s preparation for the 2007 comprehensive spending review.