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Lords Committee to Explore Raising the Profile of Adult Social Care

The House of Lords Adult Social Care Committee will hold two evidence sessions next week to explore the assumptions and preconceptions about those who rely on care, and different methods of raising the profile of adult social care.

The sessions will take place on Monday 23 May from 3:45pm and can be followed live on Parliament TV.

Giving evidence at 3.45pm will be:
• Luke Price, Centre for Ageing Better
• Fazilet Hadi, Disability Rights UK

Questions the Committee is likely to ask include:

• What is the current dominant narrative around older people and the ageing process, and how accurate is that narrative?
• What would be the most effective way to challenge this narrative, and ageism as a whole? How much could be achieved through legislation, and what is the role of cultural and behavioural change?
• To what extent does the dominant narrative around disabled people and working-age adults with care needs differ from the narrative around older people?
• To what extent does the National Disability Strategy offer avenues for changing the narrative around disability and care needs? What other avenues can our Committee explore to encourage a societal change in the perception of disability and care needs?

Giving evidence at 4.40pm will be:

• Professor Donna Hall CBE, Chair, Bolton NHS Foundation Trust
• Ian McCreath, Head of Think Local Act Personal (TLAP)
• Kate Sibthorp, Co-chair of the National Co-production Advisory Group, TLAP

Questions the Committee is likely to ask include:
• How has the ‘Making it Real’ guidance developed by Think Local Act Personal (TLAP) resulted in tangible changes in the local authorities that have adopted this framework?
• Wigan Council, in developing the Wigan Deal on Adult Social Care, implemented a new vision and understanding of social care services. How was this significant cultural change implemented within the council?
• What role did co-operation and integration with organisations outside of the council play in the success of the Wigan Deal on Adult Social Care?
• What evidence does the Wigan Deal on Adult Social Care offer to demonstrate that it is in local authorities’ best interest, including in their economic interest, to change their approach to care?