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A social care cap has long been heralded as a fix for the sector. Is it?

As the case for reform becomes impossible to ignore, a cap on costs is at best part of the solution

By Natasha Curry  

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The government delivering on its commitment to overhaul England’s failing social care system was one of the biggest tests it faced even before the pandemic. Now that Covid-19 has brutally exposed flaws in the current system, reform has become even more urgent. The sector is dangerously underfunded and understaffed. Many vulnerable people do not get the help they need. Many who do have to pay punitive sums from their own pockets.

Leaks and briefings about planned reforms are now increasingly frequent—perhaps a promising sign of…

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