Social care

Will the Tories really grasp the nettle on two of the biggest domestic crises?

16 November 2017 18:23

Two of the biggest unsolved domestic crises in this country are surely social care and housing. Both have creaked from…

Why the social care crisis could get worse much sooner than you think

7 November 2017 14:59

Social care is in crisis: everyone knows that. And everyone knows that if nothing is done about the long-term sustainability…

Tory whips in a quandary over Labour social care challenge

24 October 2017 16:32

If ministers are going to offer any concessions in the row over Universal Credit, they’ve decided to keep them back…

Fixing social care is key to the future of the NHS

23 October 2017 8:46

On 12 September, The Spectator hosted a round-table dinner, sponsored by Bupa, to discuss the future of healthcare in Britain,…

Why social care could be heading for the long grass once again

12 September 2017 17:57

How are ministers going to deal with the social care crisis? This could be a weekly question on Coffee House…

MPs hold breath for cross-party social care talks

4 September 2017 17:11

Theresa May created many problems for herself in this year’s snap election. Some are rather difficult to ignore, like fewer…

How to reform the care home system

26 August 2017 8:40

The care home residents had been left on the landing in wheelchairs. That was the sight that greeted me as…

Could a new backbench tribe help Theresa May fix social care?

3 August 2017 18:52

This time a year ago, Westminster was trying to work out what Mayism was. Perhaps, we wondered, it was a…

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…