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Health think-tank calls for funding to improve staff pay and conditions

A credible plan for social care must boost staff pay and conditions, a Health Foundation report says. 

Social care funding reform in England: choices for the next government calls for the next government to “end the cycle of broken promises” to reform social care funding in England.

Focused on funding for care service users, the report sets out three options:

  • A Scottish-style model of ‘free personal care’ in England. The estimated cost is an extra £6bn in 2026/27, rising to around £7bn by 2035/36 
  • A Dilnot-style ‘cap’ set at £86,000. Estimated costs: £0.5bn in 2026/27, rising to around £3.5bn by 2035/36 
  • An NHS-style model of universal and comprehensive care. Estimated cost: £17bn by 2035/36. 

Currently, one in seven people aged 65 and over face care costs over £100,000.

As well as funding reform, the report calls for better pay and conditions for staff to stabilise the fragile care provider market.

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