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Care funding review

10th October 2007

The funding of long-term care of elderly and disabled people in England is to be examined by the government.

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It will look at whether reforms are needed to the system, with the plans for a Green Paper to look at the issue contained in the Comprehensive Spending Review.

The current system of means-testing has come under criticism for being too complex and often unfair on the most vulnerable with only people with assets up to £12,000 having their care paid for by the state, leaving some forced to sell their homes to pay for their care.

The King’s Fund independent think-tank said the current means-testing system had caused distress and misery to older people and their families but the move to review the system represented a bold step to address “one of the greatest social challenges facing the government.?

The Department of Health said the review reflected that society was changing and is demanding a new system.

“The new system will have dignity and control at its heart for those who use services and their families,? said a spokesman.

The announcement follows the report of former bank chief Sir Derek Wanless into the future of social care funding which called for increases in spending to meet the demand for high quality care over the next two decades and for the means-tested funding system to be scrapped.

Alzheimer’s Society chief executive Neil Hunt welcomed the announcement of a Green Paper and added that greater investment and a new settlement for social care was urgently needed.

 

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Article Information

Title: Care funding review
Author: Mark Nicholls
Article Id: 4371
Date Added: 10th Oct 2007

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