Notes to editors
1. Call for evidence
People are being asked to give their views in writing or online, responding to all or some of a set of questions, by 2 April 2004. Oral hearings will be held in summer 2004. The committee of inquiry will also invite some older people and their carers to discuss issues that concern them in small group discussions during the summer of 2004. The call for evidence paper is available from Sarah Robinson on 020 7307 2539
2. Inquiry committee members
Julia Unwin, Chair of the Enquiry; Ratna Dutt, Director, REU; Peter Fletcher, Director, Peter Fletcher Associates; Howard Glennerster, Professor Emeritus, London School of Economics; Tessa Harding, Head of Policy, Help the Aged; William Laing, Director, Laing and Buisson; Leslie Marks, Chair, Bromley Council on Ageing; Loraine Martins, Director of Diversity, Audit Commission; Jo Moriarty, Research Fellow, Social Care Workforce Reseach Unit, King's College London; Peter Smallridge, Chair, Ashford Primary Care Trust; Peter Westland, Commissioner, Commission for Social Care Inspection; Peter Williams, Deputy Director, Council of Mortgage Lenders.
The King's Fund will produce a full report of the findings with recommendations for action in spring 2005. Interim findings will also be produced during the 18-month inquiry.
4. What is the care market?
In the 'care market', individuals, and local councils and the NHS, who act on their behalf:
- choose and buy different types of residential and home-care services at a price they can afford
- pay for care services run by different businesses and charities, often in competition with each
- other for customers or clients.
Local authorities and the NHS also run care services. But this has declined markedly over the last ten years, and independent agencies now supply the majority of services. Older people with long-term illness and disability are the single biggest group using the care market.
5. Contact details
For further information and interviews, please contact Daniel Reynolds in the King's Fund media and public relations office on 020 7307 2581 or 07831 554927, or Michael Moruzzi on 020 7307 2585.