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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


Labour’s election manifesto offers confused plans for the NHS, while the Conservatives have admitted there are serious problems with existing legislation.

The Tory manifesto says that if the “current legislative landscape” – dominated by the government’s own health reforms – is hampering the Five Year Forward Viewor undermining local or national accountability they will fix it, as well as do what they can in the meantime to remove barriers to care integration.

It identifies the internal market as the key problem, because it is too expensive to run and can fail to work in patients’ interests.

This is a significant move. It had been assumed that Theresa May would avoid reopening the issue of NHS reform at the same time as navigating Brexit. But she has clearly been persuaded that the benefits of cutting running costs and making it easier to join up services outweigh the risks.

One of the weaknesses in Labour’s proposals is muddled thinking about the organisational building blocks of the health service. It promises to repeal the Health and Social Care Act 2012, which imposed Andrew Lansley’s dysfunctional NHS reforms, and to “halt and review” sustainability and transformation plans(STPs).

So instead of trying to fix problems introduced by the reforms,

Source: What do the party manifestos mean for the NHS? | Richard Vize | Healthcare Professionals Network | The Guardian


None of the major political parties is pledging to spend enough money on the NHS in England to close its funding gap, cope with increased demand and sustain

Source: Party manifestos have not pledged enough funding for the NHS warns Nuffield Trust | Care Industry News


Commenting on the Conservative party manifesto proposals on social care, published last week, LaingBuisson founder and healthcare economist William Laing said:

“A ‘manifesto mouse’ looks to be a fair description of the Conservative party proposals on social care funding published last week.

They amount to half of Dilnot (the £100,000 capital threshold) but not the other half (the lifetime cap on care costs), and it is to be partly financed by making homecare subject to a capital means test, which commentators have been at pains to point out for the first time includes the value of owner occupiers’ homes.

Extension of deferred payments to all will make it more palatable, but

Source: Conservative manifesto fails to address the real cost of long term care funding | Care Industry News


Theresa May is to warn that the consequences of failing to get the right Brexit deal will be “dire” for ordinary working people. In a speech in Wales, the Prime Minister will seek to persuade voters that she should lead the negotiations with the European Union, rather than Jeremy Corbyn. According to an advance copy of her remarks, she will make clear how quickly the process will start to move after the election on 8 June.

Source: Theresa May to warn Brexit will have ‘dire consequences’ for ordinary people if UK doesn’t get right deal | The Independent


Overdue recognition – but the proposals come with limitations

Source: Leave to care: a first step to a fair system? | New Economics Foundation

WHAT ARE THE SOLUTIONS TO BRITAIN’S SOCIAL CARE CRISIS?

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We want to hear from adults’ social workers about care package reductions

Source: Two weeks left to complete our survey on care package reductions


Virgin Media and disability charity Scope are teaming up to highlight disability discrimination in football grounds. New research published today shows that disabled football fans feel excluded from live games. Eight in ten who attend football stadiums across the UK say they have experienced some form of discrimination or other issues resulting from their disability. As a result, the majority (62%) of these disabled fans said these experiences had stopped them from going to a live match again. To highlight the issue and to put disabled fans at the heart of the game, the Saints will wear a special Scope-branded shirt for their home match against Manchester United FC on Wednesday 17 May. Virgin Media, the official shirt sponsor of Southampton FC, is removing its logo from the club’s strip to support its charity partner, Scope, in order to get behind disabled football fans. It forms part of the company’s partnership with the charity to help transform the lives of disabled people. Virgin Media

Source: Virgin Media and Scope club together to show disability discrimination the red card | DisabledGo News and Blog


How does living in diverse, deprived inner cities affect our experience of health and what does this mean for services? David Buck looks at the work one charity is doing to answer this question.

Source: Health in a global city is local: how diversity and deprivation affect health | The King’s Fund


Alongside the launch of our report on mental health and new models of care, Chris Naylor explores some of the benefits of investing in mental health.

Source: Get mental health right and we can get the whole system right | The King’s Fund

 

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