When times get tough financially, one of two spending allocations usually get called in - Trident or foreign aid.

In the case of the social care crisis, it's the foreign aid budget which is now being called upon by MPs who oppose further council tax rises to plug the funding gap.

Rather than allowing local authorities to raise another social care precept on council tax bills, some MPs believe the foreign aid budget would be better spent on this important area.

Philip Davies MP has pointed out the first priority for the Government should be to look after the old, vulnerable and disabled in our country.

He also points out that much of foreign aid spending is effectively wasted, so should instead be spent closer to home.

With the government looking set to establish another commission to consider social care funding, I believe this story has a long way to run before anything approaching a resolution can be found.