Care providers are likely to hear on Thursday whether there will be extra funding for the increasing crisis facing care homes and home care.
Communities Secretary Sajid Javid will unveil spending plans on Thursday. Local authorities could be allowed to make a further increase in council tax to pay for social care.
Ministers in England are discussing ways to invest more money into care services for the elderly and disabled. One option is to let them increase council tax beyond the extra 2% for which they already have permission, while another is bringing forward extra money they have been promised in 2019.