Reforming the system for funding older people's long-term care is one of the biggest public policy challenges confronting the UK.
Following the 2010 general election, the new Coalition Government announced in its Programme for Government document that it would: “establish a commission on long-term care, to report within a year. The commission will consider a range of ideas, including both a voluntary insurance scheme to protect the assets of those who go into residential care, and a partnership scheme as proposed by Derek Wanless.”
In response to this announcement, the Social Market Foundation convened an expert roundtable on Monday July 12th, 2010 in order to draw lessons for the new body from previous commissions on both long-term funding and other policy challenges. This brief summaries the discussion at the roundtable, which included members of the Royal Commission on Long-term Care, the Wanless Review of Social Care and the Pensions Commission.