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.

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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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What should be done to fix the crisis in social care? ARCHIVED

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Five messages for government about priorities and options for social care reform in England.

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Health and social care funding

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We explore the level of funding that the next government will need to commit to in order to maintain...

Last minute changes to social care reforms are a step in the wrong direction

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18 November 2021

Health Foundation response to the government's proposed amendment to its planned social care charging reforms.

Health Foundation response to Spending Review 2021

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27 October 2021

Welcome investment in public services but lack of NHS workforce plan, and insufficient funding for social care and public health hinders recovery

Getting REAL on future health and social care funding

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22 October 2021

What’s next, and what’s needed, for health and social care funding? Elaine Kelly rounds up recent evidence from the REAL Centre.

Growing concern about shortfall in social care workforce

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12 October 2021

Health Foundation response to the Skills for Care annual report, State of the adult social care sector and workforce in England.

How much does the NHS and social care workforce need to grow by over the next decade to meet demand?

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1 October 2021

In the next decade the NHS workforce needs to grow twice as fast and the social care workforce four times as fast as in the previous decade to meet demand.

Over a million more health and care staff needed in the next decade to meet growing demand for care

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1 October 2021

New report from the Health Foundation’s REAL Centre highlights huge scale of workforce shortfall.

Social care cap a bold step forward but funding won't ‘fix’ social care or tackle the NHS backlog

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7 September 2021

Health Foundation response to the funding announcement for adult social care and the NHS.

Health and social care funding to 2024/25

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September 2021

New analysis from the Health Foundation’s REAL Centre sets out the scale of the challenge facing government if it wants to clear the backlog in NHS care over the course of this parliament and return h...

Almost £17bn needed to clear backlog and treat expected rise in patients needing NHS hospital care

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6 September 2021

New analysis from the Health Foundation’s REAL Centre sets out the scale of the challenge facing government if it wants to clear the backlog in NHS care over the course of this parliament and return h...

What will it cost to get the NHS and social care on the road to recovery?

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2 September 2021

REAL Centre economists estimate the levels of funding required to enable health and care services to recover and to meet future needs.

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