The government will engage with the care sector over the autumn and will publish a White Paper on wider social care issues next spring, and a progress report on funding reform.
Health secretary Andrew Lansley said: ‘I welcome the Commission's report and thank Andrew Dilnot and the other commissioners for their detailed work on this complex issue.’
‘This is a multi-faceted problem and we know that we cannot look at funding in isolation. We need to take this opportunity to create a system that provides high quality, personalised care and gives people more choice and control over their own care.’
‘I now want to engage with those most closely involved in the care and support system to ensure we get these reforms right. I remain fully committed to pursuing reform in this parliament so people can get the care they deserve when they need it.’
Care services minister Paul Burstow said: ‘Who pays for care is just one of the questions the government's reforms of social care must address. There are issues of quality and choice, making sure care and health work together and simplifying our care laws to make it easier for people to get the help they need.’
‘That is why we will be working with a wide range of stakeholders as we develop a White Paper to address these wider issues.’