Transforming social care for the poorest older people: a CSJ report ahead of the Government’s forthcoming White Paper on social care

Document type
Discussion paper
Corporate author(s)
Centre for Social Justice (Great Britain)
Centre for Social Justice
Date of publication
8 May 2012
Social Work, Social Care and Social Services, Older Adults, Social Policy
Social welfare
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The picture which emerged from research conducted by the Centre for Social Justice was of a social care system at breaking point, all too often failing miserably the older people it was set up to help. In this paper, ahead of the Government’s forthcoming White Paper on social care, the CSJ recommends that Government must get its priorities right. The greatest priority remains ameliorating a formal care system which at present treats very many very badly: the quality of care provided is of too low a standard and there are many who do not receive care because their needs are not deemed sufficiently severe. The Government must focus much-needed additional funding on this group first before, at a later date, potentially phasing in the Dilnot reforms.

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