At HM Treasury, I worked two floors up from Winston.
Under my desk at 1 Horse Guards Road, with the same floorplan – albeit with lower ceilings and thicker walls – sat the Cabinet War Rooms. It’s here that 76 years ago, Churchill walked in and declared “This is the room from which I will direct the war.”
My job as a Treasury minion was about adult social care spending, a very different national challenge to that of the basement’s previous occupants. Funding shortfalls meant public money was being focused on a smaller group of sicker people. We were concerned that if something drastic didn’t happen soon the system would collapse. Talk of social care crisis had been ongoing for some time. We discussed with the Chief Secretary whether they wanted to use their upcoming November statement to act on a recent review into funding options.