The King's Fund

Securing good care for more people

  • Format: Printed copy
  • Publication date: 16-Mar-2010
  • Author(s): Richard Humphries, Julien Forder, Jose-Luis Fernandez

Social care has never been higher on the political and policy agenda, and the need for fundamental reform has been universally recognised.

In 2006, The King’s Fund commissioned Sir Derek Wanless to review the funding of social care for older people. That review proposed a ‘partnership model’ in which costs were shared between the state and the individual. Since then, the momentum for change has gathered pace. Securing Good Care for More People updates the original review and concludes that a revised version of the ‘partnership model’ is the fairest way of funding social care in the future. This would see the state guaranteeing to pay 50 per cent of everyone’s care costs and matching every £2 contributed by individuals with a further £1.

The report not only presents the financial implications of key funding models but also assesses their outcomes, including unmet need. Options for reforming Attendance Allowance are discussed.