With an election approaching, the Nuffield Trust’s briefing series challenges the NHS and social care manifesto commitments of UK political parties in advance of the vote. The second in our series looks at adult social care: a vital public service supporting people of all ages to live with dignity and independence but one that has been left with insecure funding, variable access, catastrophic costs for those in need, and high staff turnover. Reform is long overdue, and we set out the criteria we believe would need to be met for getting social care on the right footing.

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