Like many governments before it, the current government claims it is looking for a long term sustainable to the social care challenge. I wouldn't put money on anything happening.
The bottom line is that this Government is sustained by older voters who want a good care system but don't want to pay any more money for it or use their equity (which young people don't and are never likely to have) in their houses to contribute. In essence this cadre of voters want social care to be like the NHS and funded from taxation paid for younger people who are at work and will be until they are 70 plus.
Interestingly when university education expanded, it was deemed reasonable to introduce loans and tuition fees to cover that expansion. I didn't hear many people over 65 complaining about its introduction.
It seems to me that ultimately if we are going to make the health and social care system work effectively we need proper and deep investment in social care, ultimately reducing costs for the NHS. This can only be done by a combination of income and property taxes , at least for a period. We need a sense of fairness where those people paying increased taxes which will help fund this, see older people releasing equity from their property to pay for a large element of social care. It's not a vote winner for the over 65s - who in the parlance of the Brexit debate - have a rather cake and eat it mentality towards social care.
The prime minister last weekend responded dismissively to the 90 MPs of all parties who last year called for cross-party working on proposals to put social care on a long-term sustainable footing. Theresa May’s bland statement that she was “committed to engaging with all parties on these key issues” will do little to raise expectations that the social care green paper scheduled for this summer will deliver on the government’s promise to tackle one of the biggest challenges of our time. As the Conservative manifesto pointed out, successive governments have “failed” to muster the political courage and conviction to take decisive action to establish a desperately needed new model, particularly when faced with emotionally powerful, yet perhaps simplistic, accusations from opponents of attempting to introduce a tax on “death” or “dementia”.