A sustainable social care system

Based on current spending, our analysis shows that a social care funding gap of £18bn will open up by 2030/31

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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.

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

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

Social care funding: public perceptions and preferences

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10 October 2019

Anita Charlesworth reflects on findings about public preferences for adult social care funding.

Labour proposals highlight urgent need for reform of social care

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23 September 2019

Heath Foundation response to Labour Party’s proposals for social care.

Urgent need to address systematic failings and stabilise the social care sector in England

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30 August 2019

Health Foundation response to Age UK report, ‘The Health and Care of Older People in England 2019’.

New government must act to end the shameful policy failure at the heart of adult social care

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30 August 2019

Health Foundation says political will and £7.5bn of additional government funding will establish a fairer, more stable care system

The current political impasse around social care funding is having serious human consequences

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26 June 2019

The Health Foundation has responded to the annual ADASS Budget Survey 2019 which analyses the state of adult social care finances in England

The real cost of a fair adult social care system

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29 May 2019

Anita Charlesworth and Toby Watt look at the funding and workforce challenges facing the adult social care system.

£4.4bn funding gap projected for social care in England as spending per person falls further behind other UK countries

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28 May 2019

New analysis from the Health Foundation shows that there will be a social care funding gap of £4.4bn in England in 2023/24 to meet rising demand and address critical staffing shortages in the sector.

Stemming the tide: retaining the social care workforce

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30 April 2019

If we knew more about what helped recruit and retain social care staff we could put targeted solutions in place to reduce persistent workforce problems. That’s the thinking behind this new project...

Six ways to close the workforce gap

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30 April 2019

Staffing is the make-or-break issue for the NHS in England, with workforce shortages now having a direct impact on the health service’s ability to keep up with demand.

Health funding – finally something we can agree on

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20 February 2019

How would the UK public prefer additional funds for health and social care to be raised? Jon Sussex explores the findings from our new study.

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