Magazine article Public Finance

Pressure Grows to Reform Care for the Elderly

Magazine article Public Finance

Pressure Grows to Reform Care for the Elderly

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The government has come under renewed pressure to introduce root-and-branch reform of long-term care for elderly people, following the publication of a report criticising means testing and the postcode lottery of care.

The consultation of 700 service users and carers by a coalition of 15 think-tanks and charities found that people felt the current system was both unsatisfactory and unfair, especially when means testing penalised those who had made provision for their old age.

Nine in ten respondents to the 'Caring Choices' consultation thought everyone should be entitled to some funding from the government, but the vast majority believed that they should also personally contribute to their care.

One option favoured by respondents was for people to receive a baseline entitlement, regardless of their income and wealth, with the individual also paying a contribution. …

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