copied from the Guardian
Join our expert panel on Thursday 27 June between noon and 2pm to discuss whether the government’s proposed legislation goes far enough to reform the social care system.
The care bill 2013-14 is a major piece of legislation that will overhaul the social care system. It is aimed at replacing existing law with a new, modern legal framework.
But does it go far enough in reforming the system, or are more radical changes needed? Writing for the Guardian Social Care Network, Paul Burstow, the former care and support minister who drafted the 2012 care and support white paper that preceded publication of the bill, said: “While the bill has been widely praised, there remain missed opportunities.”
In our online discussion, we will be asking: what is missing from the care bill? Which areas need strengthening? Does it say enough about carers’ rights, the threshold of eligibility to social care services and the role of local authorities in providing preventive services for people with care and support needs? Does it go far enough in supporting older people with their care costs? And should the bill have included a legal right to advocacy?
Join us from 12 noon till 2pm on Thursday 27 June when we will be discussing these issues. If you have a question you’d like to ask the panel, you can email it to email@example.com. You can also tweet us your questions at @GdnSocialCare.
The panel so far includes
• James Lloyd, director of the Strategic Society Centre
• Bill Morgan, former special adviser to former health secretary Andrew Lansley
• Ros Altmann, a pensions and economics policy expert
• Sue Bott, disabled activist and former chair of Think Local Act Personal
• John Woods, assistant director for policy and strategy, Surrey county council
• Jane Young, disability consultant and campaigner