On 26 September, IFS Associate Director David Phillips was in the hot seat at the Health Show UK 2018 to talk about social care funding. He was quizzed by Victoria Macdonald, Channel 4 News's health and social care correspondent, and health and social care professionals about:
- What has happened to social care funding in recent years, and why this may pose a problem;
- What factors may affect the funding needed for social care in the future;
- The options and issues for raising more revenues from people receiving care, or via taxation or compulsory insurance;
- And the tensions between increasing local responsibility for funding services, yet wanting national standards.
The aim was not to say what the future social care system should look like, but instead to highlight the options, issues and trade-offs that policy-makers and ultimately the public will have to consider in coming years.
The talk builds on recent IFS research looking at what has happened to social care, the tensions between local funding and national standards and the outlook for future care costs and the options for raising additional revenues.