IN THIS, the pantomime season, it looks as though, just like Cinderella, social care won’t go to the ball quite yet.

In its mid-term review, the Government merely said that an announcement on how it plans to tackle the future care of older and vulnerable adults would be made in due course.

It had been expected that the Coalition would announce measures, including a cap on how much an individual would be expected to pay towards their own care costs.

It didn’t come and we are again left wondering: will they or won’t they introduce measures suggested by the Dilnot Commission now 18 months ago?

Oh yes they will… oh no they won’t!

We have been waiting for social care funding reform for what seems like ages and it’s time this pantomime was over. It would be better if they just came clean and told us what, if anything, they do plan to do.

In the end Cinderella did get to go to the ball, we need to know if social care will too.

Mike Padgham, Chair, Independent Care Group (York and North Yorkshire) Eastfield, Scarborough.