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Cost of caring for an ageing population inquiry


A new inquiry will examine the cost of caring for an aging population.

Carer and older man at a care home 

The National Assembly’s Finance Committee will study patterns in demand for social care services for those of pension age and the related costs of delivery of residential and non-residential care, taking account of the role of informal carers who provide unpaid services to those requiring care.

It will also examine the financial pressures on the social care system, such as increases in wages, automatic pension enrolment and staff recruitment and retention difficulties;

The Committee’s intention is to consider and form recommendations around the costs of future social care needs in Wales, taking into account the projected increase in the proportion of the population of Wales of pension age.

“Wales is ageing faster than any other UK nation, so it is critical the right health and social care services are in place to cope not just now, but in the future,” said Simon Thomas AM, Chair of the Finance Committee.

“As part of our inquiry we intend to look closely at the financial impact of Welsh Government policies on local authorities, care providers and service users of recent social services legislation and reforms to social care funding.

“We’ll also assess the fiscal levers available to the Welsh Government to reform the arrangements for funding social care to ensure a good quality, fair and sustainable service in a time of increasing demands on the health and social care systems.” 

A public consultation will run until 10 December 2017 and anyone wishing to contribute can do so either by emailing

Or by writing to:

Clerk to the Finance Committee,
National Assembly for Wales,
Cardiff Bay,
CF99 1NA.



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