Magazine article Public Finance

Doubts Cast on Viability of Plans for Free Home Care

Magazine article Public Finance

Doubts Cast on Viability of Plans for Free Home Care

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Social care experts are sceptical about plans in the Queen's Speech to introduce free home care for those with the highest levels of need.

The government pledged free social care for around 280,000 adults in England, with conditions such as severe dementia and Parkinson's disease, at an estimated cost of £670m. Another 130,000 people would be offered help to adapt their homes to enable them to stay at home as long as possible.

A green paper on social care was published in July and a white paper is expected early in 2010. This week's proposals have been welcomed for providing care based on need rather than financial means.

But Sue Collins, programme director for long-term care at the Joseph Rowntree Foundation, told Public Finance: 'The announcement is only about older people in the highest need, but there are people with low to moderate need who still need care. …

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