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Experts Urge Social Care Reform

Magazine article Public Finance

Experts Urge Social Care Reform

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The public is widely ignorant about social care services and is unprepared for old age, a study has shown.

The research, published on May 27 by PricewaterhouseCoopers and die Institute for Public Policy Research, comes ahead of a government green paper on social care, due this month.

Expectations and aspirations: public attitudes towards social care found that less than half of those surveyed were aware that care services were means tested, and only 22% were taking steps to fund their own care.

It also showed that most people believed care should be free to all and based on need rather than means-tested.

The IPPR and PwC recommended that the government set up a panel to encourage a debate on social care and ensure the public becomes better informed about the services available.

Andrew Harrop, head of public policy at Age Concern, said radical action was needed. "The key issue is timing. My concern is that any further process identifying what's wrong with the current system would just delay reform,' he said. …

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