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Statement on Welsh Government Response to Finance Committee’s Cost of Caring for an Ageing Population Inquiry report

09.1.19

Older People’s Commissioner for Wales, Heléna Herklots CBE, said:

“Ensuring sustainable funding for social services to provide people with the care and support they may need as they get older is essential and I welcome the Welsh Government’s positive response to the Committee’s inquiry report, which accepts eight of the nine recommendations in full and accepts the ninth recommendation ‘in principle’.

“The Welsh Government’s response makes clear that they share my ambition for Wales to be the best place in the world to grow older and that they recognise the issues highlighted to the inquiry by my office and other stakeholders, particularly capturing data and using it more effectively; the ways in which health, social care and other services interact with each other; and the importance of robust forward planning.

“The response also recognises the need to ensure that the public fully understands the improvements they could expect to see as a result of additional social care funding raised through taxation or a social care levy.

“This will be particularly important as the public will want to see a fair solution that provides them, or their family and friends, with a high standard of care if and when they require it.

“A great deal of work now needs to be undertaken to take forward the Committee’s recommendations and I look forward to seeing further details from the Welsh Government about the action they will take, which I will monitor and scrutinise as Commissioner.”