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Our response to the Fabian Society inquiry: Roadmap to a national care service

The adult social care system in England has been scarred by longstanding political neglect and underfunding. Demand is likely to grow, yet government plans for social care do not address the needs for a sustainable system now and in the future. Significant additional investment is needed to support the workforce, provide care for those who need it and make other improvements to the system. A National Care Service proposed by the Fabian Society would need to address three immediate priorities: expanding and improving services; improving jobs; and increasing state protection against care costs.  

Our evidence focuses on several aspects of how a roadmap to a national care service should look: 

  • How future demand is likely to impact the sector 
  • Tackling unmet need and improving care through investment 
  • National policy and frameworks to improve services 
  • Support for unpaid carers  
  • Improving pay and conditions for those working in the care sector 
  • Ensuring state protection against care costs, including universal, basic and capped models 
  • Amending the current government approach to capped costs 

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