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LibDems Call for 'Radical Reform' of Care for the Elderly

Magazine article Public Finance

LibDems Call for 'Radical Reform' of Care for the Elderly

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The Liberal Democrats have criticised the government for 'dithering' over reform of the social care system, after figures showed elderly people paid £1.6bn in charges for care last year.

The LibDems said analysis of local authority personal social services expenditure figures, released by the NHS Information Centre, showed that meanstested social care accounted for one-fifth of the total spend on older people's care of £8.9bn.

LibDem health spokesman Norman Lamb said: 'The current long-term funding system for personal care for the elderly in England is simply not workable. The government has been dithering over reform for too long. We need radical reform of the system now.'

He said the LibDems had proposed an extra £2bn in funding for social care to provide older people with a 'personal care payment, based on need'.

The provisional social services expenditure figures, released on October 7, showed overall spending had increased by two-thirds in real terms over the past ten years, with total spending at £21. …

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