David Cameron must be bold and hold a Commission on the future of health and social care, as the UK is facing monumental demographic challenges.
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The government will allow local authorities in England to increase council tax by 2% to cover a funding shortfall in adult social care, George Osborne is expected to announce.
Crisis talks are taking place later between care home owners and council leaders amid mounting concern a large number of providers are preparing to pull out of the market.
The adult social care sector in England faces a gap of 200,000 care workers by the end of this Parliament because of restrictions on immigration and a failure to attract British workers.
A nursing care home where staff said they were "too busy" to take patients to the toilet has been put in special measures.
Research carried out by the charity Carers UK shows that half of carers in the UK may be missing out on vital support which they are entitled to.