Magazine article Public Finance

Campaigners Urge Action 'Not Just Discussion' on Future of Social Care

Magazine article Public Finance

Campaigners Urge Action 'Not Just Discussion' on Future of Social Care

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Social care campaigners have called for a clear timetable for reform after ministers initiated an 'intense' six-month debate on the subject.

Health Secretary Alan Johnson confirmed that the long-awaited green paper on the shape and funding of social care and support services will not now be published until early 2009. This was to enable the public to be consulted and their feedback appraised, he said.

But there was disappointment and frustration among campaigning groups, which have long been calling for urgent action.

'What we need is not just a discussion but a timetable for action. These problems have been with us since Labour came to power,' Age Concern director general Gordon Lishman told Public Finance.

'We need to move to ensure that the good principles set out [by the government] will be translated into practical action that is going to ensure people do not lose their dignity and independence.'

Ministers said a new system of social care needed to promote independence, choice and control, provide some form of care and support for everyone in need and be affordable for both government and individuals and families. …

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