It is nothing new to say that the current funding model is broken. Further light has been shed on this by the recent Kings Fund report that analysed why.
The report states that the system is too complex and promotes inequality, with those who need care most often missing out. It also highlights that local authorities cannot keep up with an increasingly elderly demographic as budgets have been slashed.
Covid-19 has been a massive challenge for the sector but also shown how resilient it is and how it can adapt to change. It has also shown how social care can work more closely with the NHS and other groups when needed.
The challenge now is to take advantage of this good work and move forward. The politicians have an opportunity to get the message to the public that we are indeed 'all in this together' and that both government and the public at large must contribute more effectively to get the social care system that we will all eventually need.
The social care system is not fit for purpose and is failing the people who rely on it, with high levels of unmet need and providers struggling to deliver the quality of care that older and disabled people have a right to expect.