CIPFA Insight Report Launch - Adult Social Care Charging Reform in England


Event summary

This event marks the launch of CIPFA’s insight report into adult social care charging reform in England. Our report looks at the challenges in the current system, the government’s proposed reforms, and alternative visions for social care and social care charging that have been advanced in recent months. Vicky Davis, Director, Local Government Value for Money, will also speak about the NAO’s newest social care report.


05 December 2023
Starts: 11:00
Ends: 12:00



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About this event

CIPFA’s latest insight report will discuss the current charging system, the government’s proposed reforms, and alternative visions for adult social care charging reform. CIPFA proposes five principles for a sustainable and equitable social care system, and we look at whether possible routes forward meet these principles. We also make recommendations on how future social care charging policy should be aligned with these principles. 

At this launch event, CIPFA’s Social Care Policy Advisor and author of the publication, Dr William Burns, will discuss the findings of the report. 

The National Audit Office are also publishing a report into adult social care reform more broadly. Vicky Davis, Director, Local Government Value for Money at the NAO, will join William to discuss the NAO’s latest social care report.  

Delegates will have the opportunity to ask questions and discuss both CIPFA and the NAO’s latest publications into adult social care reform.

Who should attend? 

Local and national political leadership and social care leaders, social care policymakers; social care policy community, academics and influencers; social care finance staff, social care providers and their representative organisations and forums, people with lived experience of care and those who draw on care and support, wider environment of policy and finance professionals in the public sector, CIPFA members.

How will I benefit from attending? 

Delegates will be able to:

  • Learn about the challenges of adult social care charging,
  • Learn about principles for sustainable and equitable social care,
  • Analyse the government’s proposals,
  • Examine possible future directions of adult social care,
  • Hear from the NAO about their latest report into adult social care reform.

CPD hours

1 hour.


  • Central government
  • / Efficiency
  • / Ethics
  • / Financial management
  • / Governance
  • / Health and social care
  • / Local government
  • / Sustainability
  • / Value for money

Speaker - Aileen Murphie, Honorary Professor, University of Durham

Aileen Murphie

Aileen has been a CIPFA member since 1988 and is now a Fellow. She chairs the Institute’s Practice Oversight Panel, overseeing current practice and trends in local public bodies’ finance and governance and has chaired the working group on adult social care charging reform.

Aileen retired from the NAO in March 2021 and over a 38-year career at the NAO, she reported to Parliament on the effectiveness of government spending in a wide range of areas. From 2013, she was Director of DLUHC & Local Government value for money and published influential reports to Parliament on local government including, the financial sustainability of local authorities under austerity, mapping the increasing financial pressure on councils, adult social care, covering integration, the adult social care market post pandemic and the workforce challenges of low pay and high turnover, housing including an overall review of housing in England, homelessness, planning and Help to Buy and local economic growth and devolution. She and is now Specialist Advisor to the LUHC Select Committee. She is also honorary professor at Durham University Business School and a regular commentator on public finance, audit and accountability.

Speaker - Dr William Burns, Social Care Policy Advisor

Photo of Dr William Burns

William is CIPFA’s social care policy voice, and he runs the Social Care Network. His work focuses on social care reform, and he has produced thought leadership in the areas of charging reform, children’s social care reform, Scotland’s National Care Service, and social care funding. Before joining CIPFA, he was Social Care Finance Lead at the Scottish Government where he was involved in costing a range of social care reform policies stemming from the Independent Review of Adult Social Care. William attained a PhD in English Literature from the University of Glasgow and started studying accountancy during the final stages of his PhD.

Speaker - Vicky Davis, Director Local Government Value for Money, National Audit Office

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Since April 2021, Vicky has been Director for local government value for money at the NAO. Vicky delivered the NAO’s work on Adult Social Care Markets (published in 2021) and the adult social care response to COVID-19 (published in 2020). Vicky is a chartered accountant with 20 years central government audit experience and a background in performance measurement and financial management. In her time at the NAO she has worked across a range of areas including Education, Health, Welfare, Culture, Media and Sport, cross-government and Treasury.

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