This must move onto publication. The whole care sector needs this resolving. There would be no real disadvantage to its publication to the facilitate lively discussion about its contents. The care sector, its regulators, insurers, trainers, staff, representative organisations etc need to start to look at where this is likely to go. Of course, it’s not over till its over, but a perspective on direction would help the sector to start to plan and look at differing options. The usual MO of Government is to suddenly push something out and leave the care sector to pick up the pieces and manage as they go, as they did with VAT deregulation, care standards and GDPR.

Members of the public themselves need to know what is likely to happen so they can prepare and manage their lives. But how long will they have to wait and how many people will have to sell their homes to pay for care in the intervening time.