Adult Social Care

Germany’s long-term care insurance scheme features universal social rights and strong cost-containment. It acknowledges that long-term care is a social risk requiring social protection and has cross-party political support. The overall budget, contribution rates, ceilings, benefit levels and eligibility criteria are fixed by Federal law. Membership of the scheme is compulsory. Over 25 years, despite population ageing, scheme expansion and rising benefits, members’ contributions have increased by only 0.8% of salaries.

Related Publications

Tom Lloyd Goodwin (2021), CLES

We need to re-animate the demand of decency for service users over dividends for shareholders and to return to a system where the default position is state delivery of services in conjunction with alternative models of ownership. This publication provides both a policy and practice guide for local government.

Social Care Future (2021)

In this first stage of our inquiry, we heard from over 500 people. Through a survey and online sessions we asked people to tell us about their experiences, the extent to which they experience Social Care Future’s vision in their life at the moment. From what people told us, we pulled out 5 key changes ; 5 things that we think if they happened would move us towards experiencing Social Care Future’s vision in our lives

Isaac Stanley, Adrienne Buller and Mathew Lawrence (2021) CLES and Common Wealth

This publication argues that care work should be valued and invested in as green work, and calls for a people-centred industrial strategy for adult social care.

Dr Jerome De Henau and Prof. Susan Himmelweit (2020) Women's Budget Group

Research by Dr Jerome De Henau and Prof Susan Himmelweit for the UK Women’s Budget Group finds that investment in care has the potential to mitigate the worst employment effects of the Coronavirus recession.

TUC (2020)

This report looks to the future and at how we can build a better system. That means longterm, sustainable funding of services that provides value for money to the public purse while meeting the needs of individuals and communities. And it means showing our appreciation of care workers through decent pay and working conditions rather than tokenistic applause or badges

Daniel Button and Sarah Bedford (2019), New Economics Foundation

This short paper sets out a vision for adult social care as a Universal Basic Service, with an emphasis on the achievement of social goals. It is one of a series of working papers developing proposals for Universal Basic Services (UBS)

Harry Quilter-Pinner, Dean Hochlaf (2019), IPPR

This paper looks to set out what a bold and comprehensive reform package  for adult social care would look like – building on the recent proposals set out as part of IPPR’s Lord Darzi Review

James Scott (2016), The Co-operative Party

This report concerns the provision of formal adult social care
in England. The analysis examines the trends influencing adult
social care – legislation, public investment, personalisation,
health and care integration, and the labour force – and makes
policy recommendations for improving the quality of adult
social care.