Social care

Theresa May’s willingness to change her mind is a good thing

30 May 2017 15:09

‘When the facts change, I change my mind,’ John Maynard Keynes is (wrongly) claimed to have said. Whatever the origin of…

Why the ‘dementia tax’ U-turn is such a blow to Theresa May

22 May 2017 16:02

U-turning on a manifesto commitment just days after it was announced would be embarrassing for any politician. But it is…

There’s a fairer way of funding social care. Here’s how

22 May 2017 14:29

So, the Conservatives have capitulated. After days of facing negative headlines about the ‘dementia tax’ Theresa May has given in…

Theresa May forced into ‘dementia tax’ U-turn by Jeremy Corbyn

22 May 2017 12:06

Theresa May promised ‘the first ever proper plan to pay for – and provide –social care’ in the party’s manifesto.…

The Tory ‘dementia tax’ could backfire for Theresa May

18 May 2017 16:05

The Prime Minister says there is no such thing as ‘Mayism’, only ‘good, solid Conservatism’. Fine. But let’s examine just how…

What the papers say: It’s time to crack down on council fat cats

11 April 2017 8:31

Theresa May’s £150,000 pay packet is dwarfed by that of many council employees up and down the country. Nearly 600…

Half the value of your home at risk from average care home stay

20 March 2017 12:34

Milestone birthdays have a tendency to get the mind racing. When I turned 40, I had a bit of a…

What’s in Philip Hammond’s Budget box?

8 March 2017 9:03

Philip Hammond doesn’t do box office. Unlike his predecessor George Osborne, he doesn’t do burgers either, with his austere pre-budget…

Surrey Council’s ‘gentlemen’s agreement’ undermines ministers’ social care strategy

7 March 2017 17:55

On the eve of the Budget, the row about whether ministers struck a ‘sweetheart deal’ with Surrey Council on social…

Is anyone brave enough to fix social care?

7 March 2017 11:20

Social care is in crisis. Everyone knows that – or at least likes to say so to sound well-informed. It…

Will social care form a key part of next week’s Budget?

28 February 2017 13:27

The final Treasury Questions before a Budget or Autumn Statement always reveals not just what the Opposition plans to attack…

The Spectator podcast: May’s third way

23 February 2017 12:19

On this week’s Spectator podcast, we discuss Theresa May’s Third Way, whether we could have an Uber for social care, and…

Will Philip Hammond’s Budget reveal the truth behind the Surrey ‘sweetheart deal’?

8 February 2017 14:01

Isabel Hardman has been investigating the social care issue in Surrey for the Spectator in recent days. Yesterday, she spoke…

What the papers say: Southern strikes, pig-headed militants and what Brexit means for Ireland

13 December 2016 8:35

Social care was notable by its absence from the Chancellor’s Autumn Statement. But the care system is now firmly back…

Theresa May tries to show she cares about social care

12 December 2016 22:30

In the Conservatives’ 2015 manifesto, there was a plan to reform the care system for the over-65s and introduce a…

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.…

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…

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,…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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).…