Conservative Party proposed changes to the rules governing who is eligible for government funding for social care, and backed away from a lifetime cap on care costs. In this observation, we discuss those changes and lay out their potential effects. Taking the population of people in their 70s in England we estimate that, on becoming in need of care in their own home, 12-17% would be eligible for state support under current rules but would not be eligible under the new rules proposed by the Conservatives. Others would find they needed to use more of their own wealth to fund the costs of care in their home before the state stepped in.

What is happening to funding for social care?

Unlike health care, social care services in England are not provided free of charge for everyone. Rather, local authorities in England provide financial assistance to adults who have insufficient financial means to fund their own use of care services.

Spending on social care in England fell by 8% in real-terms between 2009­-10 and 2016-17 as a result of cuts to funding for local government. In response to widespread belief that

Source: Social care – a step forwards or a step backwards? – Election 2017 – IFS

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