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The Cost of Social Care




Speaker: Richard Humphries, Senior Fellow, Policy, King’s Fund

The ageing of our population, in which younger people with disabilities are living longer too, is a cause for celebration. Yet fundamental questions about how we pay for essential care and support that more of us will need has never been successfully resolved despite numerous independent reviews. As the pressures on the system mount, the Government has announced it will publish a green paper later this year setting out proposals for long-term sustainable funding. In this seminar Richard Humphries will examine the nature and extent of the challenges; what options are available to fund social care; and what can be learned from other countries.

Richard Humphries

Richard joined The King's Fund in 2009 to lead on social care and work across the NHS and local government. He is a recognised national commentator and writer on social care reform, the funding of long-term care and the integration of health and social care. He led the Fund's work in supporting the Barker Commission on the future of health and social care.

Richard’s professional background is social work, and over the past 35 years he has worked in a variety of roles, including as a director of social services and health authority chief executive (the first combined post in England) and in senior roles in the Department of Health. Richard is a non-executive director of Wye Valley NHS Trust and Housing & Care 21, a national provider of housing and care services. He is also a columnist for the Local Government Chronicle and a fellow of the RSA.


Humphries, R. et al. (2016) Social care for older people. Home truths. King’s Fund.

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When and where

1.00pm - 2.15pmThursday 13th April 2017

AG11 College Building City, University of London St John Street London EC1V 4PB United Kingdom

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Doria Pilling

City, University of London
Northampton Square
United Kingdom
+44 (0)20 8992 4302

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