Social care

141st Open Championship - Round Two

Government takes the trash out with barrage of sneaky announcements

17 July 2015 17:22

Quiet Fridays are the best sorts of days to bury bad news: or at least so the Whitehall wisdom goes. That doesn’t seem to have worked today, given that ministers’… Continue reading

Ed Miliband's Speech On Reforming Labour's Links With Unions

Labour wants you to pay more tax. But what about its tax bill?

30 July 2014 8:53

Westminster has got in a tizz overnight because Andy Burnham has been taped saying that he still favours a ‘death tax’ of 10-15%, on top of 40% inheritance tax, to… Continue reading

Community centre Botton village.

Council tax increases, but might councils spend more wisely?

1 April 2013 11:27

One development that IDS and George Osborne did not dwell upon in their Telegraph piece mentioned earlier was council tax, which, according to the Joseph Rowntree Foundation, is due to… Continue reading

George Osborne making his pledge on inheritance tax at the 2007 Conservative conference. Picture: Getty

Briefing: What is the government doing to inheritance tax?

11 February 2013 21:05

The Death Tax has risen again. The government estimates that its proposals for social care funding will cost the Treasury £1 billion a year. That will be met through a… Continue reading

Care of the elderly

Social care reforms: clever politics, bad government

11 February 2013 10:14

Judge a Government on its priorities.  And then its priorities within priorities.  Amidst the clamour for rapid and credible deficit reduction, the dawning reality that green shoots won’t sprout unaided,… Continue reading

Elderly care

Social care reforms: the good and bad news

11 February 2013 9:02

Jeremy Hunt is unveiling the government’s long-awaited reforms to the funding of social care today. This is the next announcement in the government’s mid-term review series, and while it addresses… Continue reading

Care of the elderly

Society is forgetting its elderly

1 January 2013 12:21

During the 2010 general election, two grand politicians came to visit the teaching hospital where a doctor friend of mine worked. He had finished a 13 hour night shift, and,… Continue reading

Elderly care

A blank cheque to the baby boomers

16 December 2012 15:25

After more than a decade of wrangling, it seems that a deal is finally about to be struck on long-term care of the elderly, by adopting the package proposed by… Continue reading

Danny Alexander's call for the abolition of higher-rate relief on pension contributions has received the backing of the Centre for Policy Studies. Picture: Getty

The coalition’s next big test

8 December 2012 12:59

With the political dust settling from the autumn statement, attention in Whitehall is turning to the mid-term review. The mid-term review is the last chance for the coalition to embark… Continue reading

Paul Burstow takes part in a race held by Age Concern outside Parliament. Picture: Press Association.

Burstow goes rogue to attack Treasury

21 September 2012 9:30

Hell hath no fury like a government minister sacked (as proven by our anonymous ‘Dumped by Dave’ piece this week). Another former minister, Paul Burstow, lost his job because Nick… Continue reading

General Election - Pensioners

If we don’t cough up for social care, we’ll be broke

13 July 2012 12:30

The Office for Budget Responsibility put out its annual Fiscal Sustainabilty report yesterday. It’s got three graphs which are a wee bit scary. Here’s the first graph, showing what proportion… Continue reading


Half a plan for social care

11 July 2012 8:45

The delayed white paper on social care will be published today, but don’t expect it to clarify much about how pensioners can cover their care costs. The document itself will… Continue reading


Politicians are avoiding the real problems with social care

8 May 2012 12:24

‘The smell would be even worse’, says Zoe, the social worker I’m shadowing for the week, ‘were it not for the clothes.’ Trying not to touch or breathe, I survey… Continue reading


Where ‘constructive engagement’ could become destructive

3 January 2012 14:43

Those ‘cross-party talks’ over social care haven’t started quite yet, but the positioning has already begun in earnest. In response to a letter by a gaggle of experts in today’s… Continue reading


The cross-party talks that may test the coalition

30 December 2011 17:49

Whenever politicians talk about social care, they tend to promise ‘cross-party talks’. It’s their little euphemism for ‘we don’t want to commit to a policy by ourselves.’ Don’t get them… Continue reading


How Lansley won over the Lords

13 October 2011 19:29

As Ben Brogan wrote this week, the House of Lords is threatening to become one of the biggest obstacles to the coalition’s reform agenda. But the way in which the… Continue reading


The Afghan conflict creates other conflicts for Cameron

5 July 2011 9:00

Another day, yesterday, to remind us of the precariousness of everything in Afghanistan. With David Cameron in the country, it was announced, first, that a British soldier had gone missing… Continue reading


To see whether the coalition will last, watch how the Lib Dems respond to Dilnot

4 July 2011 12:23

The approach that the Liberal Democrats take to social care over the next few weeks and months will be the best guide we have to how they now view the… Continue reading


The trouble with today’s social care report

4 July 2011 9:04

Uncertainty reigns. Or at least when it comes to today’s Dilnot Report into social care it does. We largely know what measures will be contained within its pages: a higher… Continue reading


Miliband offers with one hand and stabs with the other

7 June 2011 12:45

Ed Miliband delivered a speech at the Festival Hall this morning. A couple of strategic issues emerged from it. The first is that Labour has decided that the IMF is… Continue reading


The Lucifer Effect

2 June 2011 11:51

Today’s papers are full of comment on the brilliant Panorama exposé of care home abuse. But none have mentioned what jumped out at me: the parallels between this and the… Continue reading


Where next on social care?

1 June 2011 15:44

There is, as Paul Goodman notes, a grim tide of stories about the vulnerable — and their maltreatment — in the papers today. Perhaps the most disgraceful is the case… Continue reading


Brennan comes to Balls’ aid

28 May 2011 17:42

To present the government side in the Shoesmith case, former minister Kevin Brennan MP has written an extensive defence of Ed Balls’ decision to sack Sharon Shoesmith. Brennan’s argument is… Continue reading


Shoesmith strikes at Balls and executive power

28 May 2011 11:22

Sharon Shoesmith cut into Ed Balls on the Today programme this morning. She said: "Why don’t we ask Ed Balls why he acted on November 12, 2008 when he knew… Continue reading


A bad morning for the government

20 January 2011 13:40

This morning has not been a good one for the government. There’s been an embarrassing admission that 28 days detention will simply lapse on Monday, the Conservative party chairman is… Continue reading