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The public is ready to pay for better social care—are politicians the final stumbling block?

With recognition that the state needs to play a greater role, at long last a genuine policy breakthrough feels possible

Secretary of State for Health and Social Care Matt Hancock. Photo; WIktor Szymanowicz/NurPhoto/PA Images

Official data released this week provides further evidence that the social care system in England is broken and needs fixing. The figures illustrate the mismatch between demand for care and the services available—more people are asking councils for support, but despite small increases in the number of working-age adults getting long-term help, fewer older people are receiving it. For those not eligible for publicly funded services, there is no protection against potentially catastrophic care costs.…

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