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The two day-long events were held in London and Leeds in October and November 2012. Forty members of the public took part in each event, with participants broadly representing the socio-demographic profile of the local population. Each event followed the same format, with a series of presentations followed by group discussions led by a facilitator. This type of 'deliberative' research provides a way of exploring people's views about complex issues that is not possible using conventional polling.
Research published by The King's Fund in January 2013 on Spending on health and social care over the next 50 years showed that the UK currently spends around 9 per cent of its national income on health and social care, more than twice as much as 50 years ago. According to forecasts by the Office for Budget Responsibility, this could more than double again to nearly 20 per cent by 2061. Based on projections for economic growth and current levels of taxation and government expenditure, the research estimated that this would translate to around 50 per cent of public spending.