This paper provides brief information in response to some key questions regarding the impact of the Coronavirus outbreak on separated families, maintenance arrangements and access to children.
The Library has published a list of relevant briefing papers on social care.
Coronavirus and Adult Social Care
- Coronavirus: Local authorities’ adult social care duties (the Care Act easements)
- Coronavirus: Adult social care key issues and sources
Adult Social Care (England)
- Adult Social care funding (England)
- Adult Social care funding reform: Development since July 2019 (England)
- Paying for social care: 20 years of inaction
Children’s Social Care (England)
- Support for children and families during the Covid-19 outbreak
- The Adoption and Children (Coronavirus) (Amendment) Regulations 2020
- An overview of child protection legislation in England
- Local authority support for children in need (England)
- Children’s social care services in England
The Library briefing, Disability inclusive Covid-19 response, also includes relevant material and reports.
The Education Select Committee has held evidence sessions on The Impact of Covid-19 on education and children’s services. This included sessions with the Children’s Commissioner, the Association of Directors of Children’s Services and the Chief Executive Officer of Barnardo’s, and the Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Children and Families, Vicky Ford MP.
The Joint Committee on Human Rights Report, The Government’s response to COVID-19: Human rights implications, HC 265/HL 125, 21 September 2020, also provides information on health and care during the pandemic.
1.2 Health and Social Care Committee proceedings
Health and Social Care Committee, Inquiry: Workforce burnout and resilience in the NHS and social care inquiry, October 2020
Health and Social Care Committee, Oral evidence: Coronavirus, Lessons learnt, HC877, 13 October 2020
Health and Social Care Committee, Committee Report – Delivering core NHS and care services during the pandemic and beyond, 1 October 2020
Health and Social Care Committee, Delivering core NHS and care services during the pandemic and beyond, 24 September 2020
Health and Social Care Committee, Oral evidence: Social care: funding and workforce, HC 206, 8 September 2020
The Welsh National Assembly’s/Senedd Cymru’s research briefing, Paying for adult social care in Wales: Debate and reform (2017) and Coronavirus: Adult social care (2020) provide policy background. The Health, Social Care and Sport Committee is conducting an Inquiry into the impact of the Covid-19 outbreak, and its management, on health and social care in Wales.
Previously, the Welsh Government increased the amount of capital that a person can keep without having to use this to pay for their residential care: for more details see this press release from April 2019 and related factsheets.
The Scottish Government’s webpages on Social care, Charging for residential care and Free personal and nursing care (available for those over 65 years old and assessed as needing care) provide background information.
The Scottish Parliament‘s Health and Sport Committee Social Care inquiry is assessing the impact of coronavirus on the sector. The Scottish Government launched an independent review of adult social care in September 2020, which intends to report in January 2021. A statement announcing the review was made in the Scottish Parliament on 1 September 2020.
The Scottish Parliament Information Centre’s Where does health care end and social care begin? describes developments in Scotland since 1999, and Coronavirus (COVID-19)-FAQs-social care, describes recent developments in the sector.
1.5 Northern Ireland
The Northern Ireland Executive’s website on Your home, your assets and your residential care or nursing home fees summarises the current system. Citizen’s Advice also has a useful page on Social care and support, which considers the funding of domiciliary care in Northern Ireland.
The Northern Ireland Research and Information Service have published The impact of Covid-19 on the health and social care sector (June 2020).
The Northern Ireland Health Select Committee held an evidence session on Covid-19 and its impact on care homes with the Commissioner for Older People for Northern Ireland and Age NI in October 2020.
1.6 Recent reports and press releases (UK)
Care Quality Commission, State of Care, 16 October 2020
The Health Foundation, Will government ignore yet another warning about the state of adult social care?, 16 October 2020
Department for Health and Social Care (DHSC), Health and care staff can claim immigration health surcharge reimbursement, 1 October 2020
Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government, Local authority COVID-19 financial impact monitoring information, 1 October 2020
Scottish Human Rights Commission, Covid-19, Social Care, and Human Rights, October 2020
Local Government Association (LGA), Comprehensive Spending Review 2020: LGA submission, 29 September 2020
Migration Advisory Committee, Committee reviews shortage occupation lists, 28 September 2020
LGA, LGA responds to social care winter plan and COVID-19 taskforce report, 19 September 2020
DHSC, Adult social care: Our COVID-19 winter plan 2020 to 2021, 18 September 2020
DHSC, Social Care Sector COVID-19 Support Taskforce: report on first phase of COVID-19 pandemic, 18 September 2020 (updated 12 October)
International Long Term Care Policy Network, Covid-19 mortality and long-term care: A UK comparison, 29 August 2020
King’s Fund, How Covid-19 has magnified some of social care’s problems, 25 August 2020
Cian Siôn & Michael Trickey, University of Cardiff, The future of care in Wales: Reducing social care for older adults, August 2020
King’s Fund, Comment on the new list of occupations eligible for the health and care visa, 14 July 2020
Office for National Statistics, Deaths involving COVID-19 in the care sector, England and Wales, 3 July 2020
Skills for Care, The size and structure of the adult social care sector and workforce in England, July 2020
The Health Foundation, Adult social care and COVID-19: Assessing the policy response in England so far, July 2020
The Health Foundation, Adult social care and COVID-19: Assessing the impact on social care users and staff in England so far, July 2020
Care Quality Commission, CQC publishes data on deaths in care settings broken down by ethnicity, 17 June 2020
LGA, LGA responds to NAO report on social care during coronavirus, 12 June 2020
National Audit Office, Readying the NHS and adult social care in England for COVID-19, 12 June 2020
King’s Fund, Review of the social care sector before the Covid-19 pandemic struck, 6 May 2020
Health Foundation, Social care for adults aged 18-64, April 2020
This House of Commons Library Briefing provides information in response to some key questions relating to childcare during the coronavirus outbreak
On 12 November 2020 at 3.00pm, there will be a debate in Westminster Hall on “The effect of the COVID-19 outbreak on people affected by dementia”. The debate will be led by Jim Shannon MP and Debbie Abrahams MP. The Library will produce a debate pack for this debate. This page will be updated when it is available.