Social care

Hancock given hard time over sugar tax and social care

9 July 2019 17:15

On the subject of MPs who hope Boris Johnson might give them a job, Matt Hancock was before the Health…

Damian Green’s social care model breaches a sacred tenet of the NHS – and a good thing, too

6 May 2019 9:22

The central proposal in Damian Green’s recent paper on social care is that care provision should be treated like pensions.…

The NHS 10-year plan is a metaphor for Theresa May’s government

7 January 2019 11:10

Today’s NHS 10-year plan is the health service’s response to the £20.5 billion funding boost announced by ministers last year.…

Theresa May kicks can down the road on key domestic reforms

19 December 2018 14:33

Parliament rises for Christmas recess tomorrow – unless the various grinches arguing it should carry on sitting so it can…

What next for the over-60s? Social care and beyond

29 October 2018 16:45

It’s a great thing that we’re all living longer, happier, and healthier lives. But this also presents a policy conundrum…

Hancock’s holding line sums up the Tory party’s policy problem

2 October 2018 16:12

So much of this Conservative conference has felt like a holding line from the party leadership, as though having the…

Why Whitehall is failing to solve the social care crisis

2 July 2018 19:23

The government’s cash boost for the NHS isn’t going to solve its problems. That’s the verdict of pretty much every…

What the government plans to do with social care after the reshuffle

9 January 2018 16:15

Will Jeremy Hunt’s new job title make any difference to the rather precarious state of the social care sector? Opposition…

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.…