The conference on “Social investment in affordable and quality long-term care. Theory, challenges and applications” took place on the 30th of October 2018, at the European Parliament, in Brussels.

The EU faces a major challenge: How can it deliver the new social right to affordable long-term care of good quality as its working-age population shrinks and the share of those of retirement age expands? Long-term care is a long-term issue: Eurostat projects that by 2080 those aged 65 and older will account for 29.1% of the population (compared with 19.2% now) and the share of those aged 80 and older will more than double (from 5.4% to 12.7%).
Social investment has been a strategic policy response to new social risks. What does this approach have to offer for tackling this challenge?

At this event SPRINT partners, together with policy-makers, other leading researchers, and social investment specialists explored the application of the concept of social investment to the challenge of long-term care provision and discussed:

  • Policy perspectives
  • Research findings
  • Analytical tools
  • Innovative approaches to social finance

The following conference summary report provides the reader with the main messages of the speakers as well the policy lessons and responses based on the discussions in the relevant panel.   SPRINT Conference Summary Report