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Social care: something’s got to give

The Chancellor pledged £2bn in the Budget—but there will still be a funding gap of almost £3bn in 2019/20. So what's the long-term solution?

Chancellor Philip Hammond ©Xinhua/SIPA USA/PA Images

Those who called for more social care funding in last week’s Budget may well be feeling damned with faint hope. There was an injection of cash, but well short of the estimates of what is needed for those who rely on publicly funded social care and the poorly paid workforce who care for them.

The government might also be feeling a bit frustrated—the succession of announcements on social care from the 2015 Spending Review onwards amount to a pretty generous funding increase…

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