Notes to editors
- For further information or interviews, please contact The King’s Fund press and public affairs office on 020 7307 2585 or 020 7307 2581. An ISDN line is available for interviews on 020 7637 0185. Richard Humphries, Senior Fellow in Social Care, and Niall Dickson, Chief Executive, are both available for interview.
- A detailed response to the Green Paper will be published by The King’s Fund shortly and will be available on our social care project page. A background briefing on social care, which explains the current funding arrangements, is also available from our social care project page.
- In 2006, The King’s Fund published Securing Good Care for Older People: Taking a long-term view, which looked at the challenges facing social care over the next 20 years, the resources that will be needed to meet them, and the options for finding those resources. The report called for sharp increases in funding to meet the demand for high-quality care over the next two decades, and for the current means-tested funding system to be scrapped and replaced with a partnership model. Download Securing Good Care for Older People: Taking a long-term view.
- Following the review’s publication, The King’s Fund went on to establish the Caring Choices coalition, bringing together 15 organisations to engage the public in a debate about the future of care funding. Download the final report from Caring Choices. In response to that debate, in May 2008 at The King’s Fund the Prime Minister launched a public consultation on the care and support system.
- The King’s Fund believes any new funding settlement will have to meet four key tests: it will need to be fair, understandable, effective and enduring. Applying these tests to the Green Paper will mark the beginning of a new programme of work by The King’s Fund to ensure that the consultation is informed by a sound assessment of the options and to develop further policy thinking about how a new settlement for social care can be achieved. Our work in this area will be led by our Senior Fellow in Social Care, Richard Humphries, working with our Senior Associates Professor Julien Forder and Andrew Webster.
- The King’s Fund is a charity that seeks to understand how the health system in England can be improved. Using that insight, we help to shape policy, transform services and bring about behaviour change. Our work includes research, analysis, leadership development and service improvement. We also offer a wide range of resources to help everyone working in health to share knowledge, learning and ideas.