The vexing issue of social care, set against a backdrop of an ageing population trying to sustain itself, refuses to go away, and policy ideas invariably prove divisive.
Away from the noise of Brexit drama and market turmoil, a fascinating study on attitudes to retirement in the UK was carried out this week by Rathbones Investment Management.
Budgets never take place within a political vacuum, but it is difficult to recall a Chancellor taking to the despatch box in an atmosphere as febrile as the one Philip Hammond will on Monday.
A hot topic among homeowners and prospective buyers is that of stamp duty. Very few taxes are popular with the general public, but this one in particular has proved to be a source of controversy.