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Lords select Committee to hear from the Institute for Fiscal Studies and Centre for Policy Studies

The House of Lords Select Committee on Public Service and Demographic Change will next week hold two evidence sessions on the economic and fiscal challenges of an ageing society and the complexities of health and social care provision at the local level.

On Monday 10 December at 2.05pm in Committee Room 3A of the House of Lords the Committee will hear from:

  • Julie Foster – Associate Director for Adult Social Care, Torbay and Southern Devon Health and Care Trust;
  • Dr. Shane Gordon – CEO, North East Essex Clinical Commissioning Group;
  • Dennis Holmes – Deputy Director of Adult Services (Strategic Commissioning Portfolio), Leeds City Council;
  • Professor Elisabeth Paice – Chair, North West London Integrated Care Management Board; and
  • Tony Watts – Independent Chair, South West Forum on Ageing.

This session will focus on the complexities and interdependencies of health and social care systems, and the impact of a lack of local co-ordination on care for older people. Witnesses will work through case studies depicting where care has failed the elderly, and make suggestions about how to develop better co-operation between health and social care providers.

On Tuesday 11 December at 11am in Committee Room 2A of the House of Lords the Committee will hear from:

  • Paul Johnson – Director, Institute for Fiscal Studies;
  • Michael Johnson – Research Fellow, Centre for Policy Studies; and
  • Lord Warner – Commissioner, Commission on Funding of Care and Support (Dilnot Commission) 2010-11.

The Committee will question the witnesses on whether public services are fully prepared for the increased demand and greater expectations that an ageing society will place on them, and how these greater demands can be met at a time of fiscal restraint.

Both evidence sessions will be webcast live at

The evidence sessions are also open to the public. Journalists wishing to attend should go to Parliament's Cromwell Green Entrance and should allow time for security screening.

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