Right care, right price: a dsicussion paper exploring the way in which the price of care is determined and its implications for social care policy

Document type
Discussion paper
Lloyd, James
Strategic Society Centre
Date of publication
1 September 2013
Social Work, Social Care and Social Services, Disabled people, Older Adults
Social welfare
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Analysts have long identified problems with the way in which the price of domiciliary and residential care in England is determined, whether this is paid for by local authorities, ‘self funders’ (and their families), or a combination of these sources. However, unprecedented pressure on local authority budgets, and the government’s plans to reform long-term care funding in England, are pushing the issue of how the price of care is determined to the forefront of social care policy debate.

The paper concludes by arguing that with the local authority care system in England facing the toughest public spending outlook ever experienced, and with the government committed to achieving new guarantees and peace of mind among self-funders of care in England, the time is now right for a radical rethink of how the price of care is determined.

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