Stationery Office, 2014

Adult social care is personal care and practical support for adults with physical disabilities, learning disabilities, or physical or mental illnesses, as well as support for their carers. Most adults in England are healthy and do not have care needs, but long-term conditions are common, affecting adults of all ages. The care needs of adults are rising and adults with long-term and multiple health conditions and disabilities are living longer. The Government's objectives are to enhance adults' quality of life, delay and reduce the need for care, ensure positive care experiences and safeguard adults from harm.

On the basis of a Report by the Comptroller and Auditor General, the Committee took evidence from the Department of Health and the Department for Communities and Local Government. The Committee also took evidence from Age UK, Carers UK and the Association of Directors of Adult Social Services.

Jim Kennedy has written a briefing, available here, that provides more detail on the Committee’s conclusions and recommendations.