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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


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?

Forward, not Back

SOCIAL CARE, INFLATION AND HOUSING: THIS MORNING’S PAPER REVIEW


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

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


United Kingdom Homecare Association (UKHCA), a professional body for homecare providers, has released the following comments in response to proposals to set the threshold for state-funded assistance for homecare services to £100,000, including housing equity, as contained in the Conservative Party election manifesto.

A proper definition of the balance of responsibility between the individual and the state for funding social care services is an issue

Source: UKHCA’s responds to the Tory party’s social care proposals | Care Industry News


Age UK calls on all political parties to put social care at the heart of their manifestos as new figures reveal high numbers of over-80s going without the help

Source: Nearly 1 in 3 elderly people struggling with essential tasks of living, amidst breakdown in social care | Care Industry News


According to research from LaingBuisson published today Care of Older People report, the private-paid side of this market (177,000 residents in independent

Source: Care home market continues to grow as NHS Funded Nursing Care supports state-paid care homes | Care Industry News


Katie Mantell argues we need to do more to raise understanding of what social care is and how it’s provided and funded.

Source: Social care: what’s in a name? | The King’s Fund

Who provides social care?


Public Accounts Committee *Integration of health and social care examined

This report investigates the Better Care Fund and concludes that it has missed its objectives to reduce emergency admissions and delayed transfers of care. The report strongly criticises the implementation of the Better Care Fund and argues that the focus on integration should be shifted towards the *STP process.

*Integrating Health and Social Care report

 

*Contains Parliamentary information licensed under the Open Parliament Licence v3.0.

 

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