The Housing, Communities and Local Government Committee (HCLG) has launched a new inquiry to investigate how COVID-19 has impacted the adult social care sector and its long-term funding needs following the pandemic.

The adult social care sector comprises a range of support services for older people and working age adults with disabilities. In 2018-19 it accounted for 41% of local authority expenditure. COVID-19 has placed additional pressures on the sector. Costs have increased due to PPE, cleaning and staff costs, while a fall in demand for services threatens to put providers out of business.

This new inquiry will investigate the likely legacy of the COVID-19 pandemic on the adult social care sector and the impact this has had on long-term funding need. It will also examine how additional funds can be raised to ensure the long-term stability of the sector and how the social care market can be supported to improve innovation.

Clive Betts MP, Committee Chair,  said:

'Our new inquiry sets out to understand how COVID-19 has placed further stress on an already challenging environment, and the likely long-term consequences for adult social care. Given the likely long-term financial implications of the pandemic on society as a whole, we will also reconsider how we can provide the necessary funding boost fairly and look at how we can support the sector to innovate in how it provides care.'

The Committee is inviting submission on some or all of the following questions:

  • How has COVID-19 changed the landscape for long-term funding reform of the adult social care sector?
  • How should additional funds for the adult social care sector be raised?
  • How can the adult social care market be stabilised?
  • How can the adult social care market be incentivised to compete on quality and/or innovation?

You can submit evidence directly on the inquiry page here.

If you require a reasonable adjustment, such as an extension to the deadline, or submitting evidence in an alternative format, contact HCLG at [email protected] or call 020 7219 5364.