Yesterday – over two years since their recommendations were published and six months since the Coalition’s care bill first went before Parliament – we brought back together the Commission Chair Sir Andrew Dilnot, Commissioner Lord Warner, former Social Care Minister Paul Burstow MP and Michelle Mitchell, former Chief Executive of Age UK, to reflect on how and why the Commission worked. Many of the lessons our speakers identified chimed with the Institute’s analysis of why the Turner Commission on pensions succeeded: 1. Frame the problem The Dilnot commissioners quickly realised that although a huge amount had been published on the funding of social care, the policy problem had not been clearly articulated before. There was no consensus on what it was they were trying to solve. To this end, they dedicated the first few weeks of their work to reading through existing research and working out how to frame the problem. The phrasing they settled on, ‘the possibility of needing long-term care is the one risk that everyone faces, but that no-one can insure against’, resonated widely and, in Dilnot’s own words, ‘made finding an answer so much easier’. 2. Keep it small As with Turner, the limited size of […]

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