BBC News has recently run a mini-series of pieces investigating the state of social care and the inter-dependencies between performance in this sector and ongoing pressures within the NHS.
Triggle, N. (2017). 10 charts that show what’s gone wrong with social care. London: BBC Health News, February 24th 2017.
Funding of Adult Social Care
A recent House of Commons Library briefing paper examines the funding pressures for adult social care services in England and explores the impact of these pressures on social care and health services. The additional funds available through the Social Care Precept, the Better Care Fund and Adult Social Care Support Grant are discussed in the context of the social care funding gap and concerns about the long-term sustainability of social care. Section headings comprise:
- Funding pressures.
- Spending Review and Autumn Statement 2015.
- Social Care in Crisis?
- Provisional Local Government Finance Settlement 2017/2018.
- The future?
Adult Social Care Funding (England). London: House of Commons Library, February 20th 2017. Commons Briefing Paper CBP-7903.
This relates to:
Cromarty, H. (2017). Adult Social Care Funding (England). Briefing Paper Number CBP07903. London: House of Commons Library, February 20th 2017.
Estimated Size of Gap in Adult Social Care Funding in England
A Health Foundation briefing estimates the gap in adult social care funding for England to be at least £2 billion in 2017/18, and proposes that significant additional funding is required to ensure provision of adequate support for vulnerable people and to protect the NHS from knock-on inefficiencies.
Charlesworth, A. Firth, Z. [and] Fisher, R. [et al] (2017). The social care funding gap: implications for local health care reform. London: Health Foundation, March 2017.
March 2017 Budget Update
An assessment of the likely impact of the £2 billion rescue package for social care in England:
Triggle, N. (2017). Will the Budget help ailing grandparents? London: BBC Health News, March 8th 2017.