The bigger picture: policy insights and recommendations

Document type
Discussion paper
Lloyd, James
Strategic Society Centre
Date of publication
27 November 2014
Older Adults, Disabled people, Social Work, Social Care and Social Services
Social welfare
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Public policy to support older people who struggle with day-to-day activities because of a longstanding health condition or disability is built around two distinct pillars: the local authority care and support system; and, the disability benefits system. It has historically been difficult to understand in overview the entirety of disability, need for care and provision of support among older people in England, including provision and receipt of unpaid care among older people. To address this gap in research, The Bigger Picture: Understanding disability and care in England’s older population – which this report accompanies - brings together and analyses Census data, ‘administrative’ data produced by statutory bodies that interact with the disabled older population, and social survey data. Building on the results of the research, this report evaluates the performance of government policy on care and support in England during the period that the data analysed in The BiggerPicture was collected – 2011 to 2013 – and uses the data and insights from The Bigger Picture to consider implementation of the Care Act, and policy development after 2016.

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