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Social care

What we’re doing

Some people need extra care or support - practical or emotional - to lead an active life and do the everyday things that many of us take for granted. The government is working to provide a social care system that provides care for those who need it, and which enables people to retain their independence and dignity.


  1. Helping people make informed choices about health and social care

    The government is making changes to give people more information, choice and control over health and social care services.

  2. Treating patients and service users with respect, dignity and compassion

    The government is making changes to the health and social care system to put respect for patients and service users first.

  3. Making sure health and social care services work together

    The government wants health and social care services to work together more efficiently so that people get the right combination of care.

  4. Helping carers to stay healthy

    We want carers to get the information, advice and support they need to stay healthy while they are caring for somebody else.

  5. Improving care for people with dementia

    The government wants to improve health and care services, create more dementia-friendly communities and make dementia research a priority.

  6. Improving quality of life for people with long term conditions

    People with conditions like diabetes, asthma and heart disease should have an early diagnosis and high-quality treatment, care and support.