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
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.
Our new report looks into the costs of social care funding options, public attitudes to them, and the implications for policy reform.
New report helpfully summarises a whole range of barriers that must be overcome, but the focus needed to overcome these will be extremely difficult to find with the social care system in such a perilo...
This report is a further reminder that England’s social care system is beyond patch up and mend, and requires fundamental reform.
NHS Confederation-commissioned research from the Health Foundation and IFS sets out strong evidence supporting an increase in spending on social care.
May 2018 Chart of the Month. It's estimated that social care spending pressures would grow at 3.7% per year to 2030/31: based on current estimates of the budget for social care this would leave a £6.1...
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