Social care Social care is the personal care or support given 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.

Our recent work and content on this topic is listed below.

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What should be done to fix the crisis in social care?

About 15 mins to read

Five messages for government about priorities and options for social care reform in England.

What does the Budget mean for health and social care?

16 March 2020

Anita Charlesworth explores the contrasts at the heart of the March Budget and the implications for the NHS and social care.

Budget rightly focuses on coronavirus but longer term questions remain unanswered

Press release
11 March 2020

The Health Foundation response to Rishi Sunak's March 2020 Budget

New points-based immigration system looks set to make our social care crisis even worse

Press release
18 February 2020

Health Foundation response to new immigration system, announced in February 2020, and what it means for social care.

Social care can ill afford further limitations on recruitment from abroad

Press release
28 January 2020

Health Foundation response to the Migration Advisory Committee's report on a future immigration system.

Long overdue action on social care is needed

Press release
9 January 2020

Health Foundation response to NHS England's monthly performance statistics for January 2020.

Government must now 'grasp the nettle' and reform social care

Press release
19 December 2019

Health Foundation response to the December 2019 Queen's Speech.

Today's figures show safety net of NHS at risk of breaking down

Press release
13 December 2019

Health Foundation response to NHS England monthly performance statistics for December 2019.

Health priorities for the new government

9 December 2019

Our infographic showing what we think is needed from the new government to ensure a healthier population, supported by high quality health and social care.

Two thirds of people want tax increase to pay for health and social care, according to new poll

Press release
5 December 2019

A survey conducted by Ipsos MORI on behalf of the Health Foundation indicates that there is increasing public support for paying more tax to maintain and improve health and social care.

The three main parties are offering different visions of what the public can expect from the NHS

Press release
29 November 2019

Health Foundation analysis of parties’ NHS and social care funding pledges for the 2019 General Election.

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