At the time of our submission to the inquiry, we were part way through a wider piece of work looking at social care funding. We have since published the final report, A fork in the road.
We explored five approaches to social care funding:
- Improving the current system
- The Conservative Party’s proposals at the 2017 general election (a revised means test and a cap on care costs)
- A single budget for health and social care
- Free personal care
- A hypothecated tax for social care.
These reflect some solutions commonly raised in the debate around social care funding, and are not a comprehensive list of possible models. They also address different aspects of the debate on social care funding, including the following.
- What is the government responsible for, or, what is the ‘offer’? (Improving the current system, the Conservative Party’s proposals and free personal care).
- How does government finance its social care spending? (A hypothecated tax).
- How is social care finance allocated and organised? (A single health and social care budget).
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