We should be increasingly concerned about the gap between formal and informal care (and no care at all). Neither local nor central government has a way of understanding how big the gaps are, and how miserable lives can become without help.  The government are also 'managing our expectations' about money for social care, so perhaps we should be thinking about this a different way.

As the state retreats, we need to ask ourselves whether we have the right incentives and support in place for carers.  There are a variety of continental Europe models which are much clearer about how family care interacts with the state system.  Its time to start listening to carers...