Social care

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).…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…