Kari Gerstheimer evaluates if social care reform enhanced or exacerbated problems for vulnerable people accessing support

Many of us had doubts the Prime Minister would meet his promise, made on the steps of Downing Street in 2019, to “fix social care once and for all”. Some had doubts he would even try.

To his credit, he tried – and unlike his predecessors, oversaw publication of a reform package. But unfortunately, these efforts, along with announcements at the recent spending review, fall woefully short.

The funding reforms, announced in September and updated in mid-November, will, for the first time introduce a cap on lifetime care costs, limiting personal liability for care. However, at £86,000, the limit is set too high, and only personal contributions count towards it. Worse, only “eligible” needs count...

Kari Gerstheimer
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