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.
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Five messages for government about priorities and options for social care reform in England.
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We explore the level of funding that the next government will need to commit to in order to maintain...
Health Foundation response to the Association of Directors of Adult Social Services (ADASS) Budget Survey 2020.
This update gives revised estimates for the social care funding gap and sets out how and why our estimates have changed over time.
Health Foundation submission to the Health and Social Care Select Committee inquiry on how much extra money is needed in each of the next five years to counteract the impact of a shortage of care on t...
Even before the pandemic, staffing was the biggest single challenge for the sector in England. High and increasing staff turnover rates – the proportion of staff leaving their roles in the previous 12...
Health Foundation analysis of parties’ NHS and social care funding pledges for the 2019 General Election.
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