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Lords to quiz Government officials on affording the aging society

The House of Lords Committee on Public Service and Demographic Change will tomorrow take evidence from senior officials from the Treasury, the Department of Health, the Department for Work and Pensions and the Department for Communities and Local Government as they continue their inquiry into the potential impact of an ageing population on the provision of public services.

Giving evidence will be:

  • Jon Bright, Director of Homelessness and Support, Building Regulations and Climate Change, Department for Communities and Local Government;
  • Shaun Gallagher, Acting DG for Social Care, Local Government and Care Partnerships, Department of Health;
  • Trevor Huddleston, Chief Analyst, Department for Work and Pensions; and
  • James Richardson, Director, Fiscal and Deputy Chief Economic Advisor, Fiscal Group, HM Treasury.

The Committee will ask the witnesses whether the Government are doing enough to prepare for an ageing population, how the Government assess options for reducing public spending, and whether current public services for the elderly can be afforded. The officials will also be quizzed on how the quality of services such as social care can be improved and how to achieve better joined-up care.

The evidence session will take place at 11:00 on Tuesday 9 October in Committee Room 2A of the House of Lords and will be webcast live at

The evidence session is 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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