A sustainable social care system Our research and analysis of social care aims to inform policymaking and ensure the debate is evidence-based and focused on the future.
Social care is the provision of personal care or support to children or adults in need or at risk. This care or support can be both practical and emotional – and the individual’s needs might stem from illness, disability, old age or poverty. Within the UK social care policy is devolved across the four nations.
Whereas the health care system is free at the point of use, in England social care is means-tested, which remains a source of inequity and unfairness. Particularly at a time where social care funding is falling per capita in real terms, reducing the amount and quality of social care that is publicly provided.
An ageing population and increase in the number of younger adults living with disabilities are pushing up the cost of caring for older and disabled people, placing the social care system under huge strain. While all four nations are facing the same demand pressures, the social care system in England needs adequate funding to return to previous levels of access and quality, in addition to the rising demand and costs.
Our research and analysis of social care aims to inform policymaking and ensure the debate is evidence-based and focused on the future.
Yorkshire, Midlands and North East MPs urged to protect constituents from crippling care costs in key parliamentary vote
The Health Foundation and the King's Fund urge Yorkshire, Midlands and North East MPs to protect constituents from crippling care costs in key parliamentary vote.
Toby Watt rounds up the REAL Centre’s current work to reflect on how best to strike the balance between crisis management and long-term planning for the NHS and social care.
Government’s proposed amendment to social care cap puts more people at risk of catastrophic care costs, particularly those in the North East, Yorkshire and the Humber and the Midlands
Our joint report with Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS) finds that the proposed government amendment would impact most strongly those older people with modest levels of wealth.
How much does the NHS and social care workforce need to grow by over the next decade to meet demand?
In the next decade the NHS workforce needs to grow twice as fast and the social care workforce four times as fast as in the previous decade to meet demand.