A short history of social care funding reform in England: 1997 to 2021

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  • Posted:Thursday 28 October 2021

Adult social care in England – unlike health care – is not free at the point of use. Support from the state is reserved for those with both the highest level of need, and the lowest means. This means that many people have to fund their care needs themselves.

Since the 1990s, this has been widely seen to be unfair, and successive governments have attempted to reform the overall approach to funding adult social care. Here we outline the history of the past 24 years of attempts to reform how social care is funded.

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Alison Miles

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03 November 2021

Disappointed it only starts in 1997, with no mention of the cause of the problem in the first place : Thatcher’s reforms which created the false dichotomy of health v social care. The private sector took over most of the ‘social’ aspects of care and the NHS and Social Services budgets were cut.
If you can’t do your own personal care you get ill.
If you can’t shop, clean your house you get ill.
If you suffer loneliness and isolation you get ill.

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