Skip to navigation Skip to main content
Jeremy Cooper

Imagining the ‘finishing touches’ to the Social Care Green Paper

The news emerged just before Christmas that the Social Care Green paper has been delayed . . . again. However, Health Secretary Matt Hancock was quick to deny it had been shelved, tweeting “Putting finishing touches on the Social Care Green Paper ready for publication in the New Year.”

If I close my eyes and imagine what those finishing touches might be, I visualise a new introductory paragraph that says:

“We have realised that there is a fundamental flaw in publishing a green paper on the future of social care as it is impossible to consult on changes to the social care system when the vast majority of people do not understand the system as it currently is. That is why the widespread misunderstanding of our proposed social care policy changes played a role in the outcome of the 2017 general election. Almost every interested group was able to spot that the proposed new funding mechanism wasn’t perfect, and therefore saw it as damaging – even those who would actually gain from it. It is also why there have been a whole host of green papers, white papers and commission reports over the last two decades, but no meaningful policy change. Therefore, we have decided to reframe the challenge, to change tack and launch a major engagement exercise, starting by explaining the fundamental flaws with the current social care system.”

While I know this is what needs to be done, and is what I hope the paper will say, my imagination might be somewhat distorted by all the mince pies I’ve been eating recently. But let’s wait and see…

Other relevant insight

No shortcuts to finding out how best to support carers

Supporting carers is essential - but there is no clear national picture of 'what works' to learn from.

June 12, 2019

Guest Blogpost: “Carers are a bedrock of support”

In Peterborough and Cambridgeshire, we are hoping to raise the profile of carers and improve the support we provide to them.

June 11, 2019

The impact of culture and behaviour at the interface of health and care

Today we are releasing a summary of our research findings into what drives poorer outcomes for patients and service users.

June 4, 2019

IMPOWER INSIGHT newsletter

Sign up for the latest thinking on delivering sustainable change and better public services

No spam; unsubscribe easily at any time. Learn more in our Privacy Policy.

Close
Close