Polly Simpson

Polly Simpson

Research Economist


BA Economics and Management (1st Class), University of Oxford, 2014

Polly joined the IFS in 2016 as a Research Economist in the Pensions and Public Finance sector. Her current work covers devolved and local government finance, and analysis of public spending. Before joining IFS she worked in the Government Economic Service at the Department for Education and the Department for Business Innovation and Skills.


Social care – a step forwards or a step backwards?

| Observations

Yesterday, the Conservative Party proposed changes to the rules governing who is eligible for government funding for social care, and backed away from a lifetime cap on care costs. In this observation, we discuss those changes and lay out their potential effects. Taking the population of people in their 70s in England we estimate that, on becoming in need of care in their own home, 12-17% would be eligible for state support under current rules but would not be eligible under the new rules proposed by the Conservatives. Others would find they needed to use more of their own wealth to fund the costs of care in their home before the state stepped in.

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