Free personal care is already available to adults in Scotland who need these services but in England only people with low levels of savings receive publicly-funded personal care.
Simon Harrington, senior policy adviser at Pimfa, said he wouldn't be surprised if the paper was delayed again.
He said: “Beyond the practicalities of any solution, I cannot conceive of any potential solution to social care which garners more votes than it loses.
"We have already seen the impact on voters of previous high level proposals in the 2017 election campaign, you don’t have to be Sun Tzu to realise that publishing something now would be counter intuitive to the government’s broader aims.”
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