Policy briefing

Social care green paper must address workforce crisis

With the social care system struggling to meet the needs of older people, a green paper to be published this summer will detail the government's long-term plans for reform.

With the social care system struggling to meet the needs of older people, a green paper to be published this summer will detail the government's long-term plans for reform.

Essential facts

Social care is the support required by people because of their age, illness or disability. It is provided in residential and nursing homes, people’s own homes and other community settings.

The social care system is struggling, and often failing, to meet the needs of older people. Age UK, who described the care sector as ‘close to breaking point’, says there has been a £160 million cut in public spending on older people’s social care over five years.

There are now nearly 1.2 million people aged 65 and over who do not receive the support they need with essential daily living activities. This represents an 18% increase since

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