The authors are grateful for input and comment given by Jill Manthorpe and Katherine Checkland; Chris Hatton at the Department of Social Care and Social Work, Manchester Metropolitan University; Julien Forder at the Personal Social Services Research Unit (PSSRU); José-Luis Fernández at the Care Policy and Evaluation Centre (CPEC); John Craig and Jenny Shand from Care City; colleagues from the Department of Health and Social Care and ADASS; and the REAL Centre’s Oversight Board. Their input has informed development of our analytical approach, interpretation of results and the key implications identified.

We would like to thank the Health Economics Unit for their work analysing social care need in North West London and Mark Carter for his role in the ELSA analysis. In addition, the authors would like to thank REAL Centre and wider Health Foundation colleagues for their input, support and guidance, with particular thanks to: Hugh Alderwick, Lucinda Allen, Anita Charlesworth, Jennifer Dixon, Rebecca Fisher, Abigail Lampkin, Laurie Rachet-Jacquet, George Stevenson, Ruth Thorlby, Finlay Turner-Berry and Toby Watt.

We would also like to thank the Inclusion Panel for their time and the thoughtful discussion we had regarding this work. Their contributions about the role of different report formats particularly impacted this work. We would also like to especially thank the panel members who shared their own experiences of social care.

We would also like to thank members of the Health Foundation communications team, particularly: Kate Addison, Sean Agass, and Peter Stilwell.

Errors and omissions remain the responsibility of the authors alone.

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