Magazine article Public Finance

Radical Revamp of Older People's Services Needed

Magazine article Public Finance

Radical Revamp of Older People's Services Needed

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Services for older people are on the brink of collapse and need to be radically reshaped, MPs and peers said this week.

The all-party parliamentary local government group report called for a new deal for older people with an emphasis on personalised and preventive care coupled with a greater variety of services to help them lead independent lives.

The report also identified a need for more joined-up services and suggested that councils should take over commissioning functions from local primary care trusts.

The report, published on July 23 following a four-month long inquiry, comes as the government consults on the future of older people's care in preparation for its long-awaited green paper, expected to be published next year.

Launching the report, Labour MP Clive Betts, chair of the APPG, said: 'This report comes at quite a critical time. …

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