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Charity Brings Parties Back to the Care Table

Magazine article Public Finance

Charity Brings Parties Back to the Care Table

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Talks aimed at building a consensus on adult social care reform are back on the table after all three main parties signalled they would attend a meeting convened by the charity Age Concern & Help the Aged.

The campaign group pledged to host a debate within two weeks of the February 19 social care summit organised by die government, which was snubbed by the Conservatives.

Shadow health secretary Andrew Lansley was accused of 'wrecking' crossparty talks after he refused to attend the summit, aimed at reaching a pan-political agreement over the future of social care funding for elderly people in England.

Lansley had described the talks, also attended by the Liberal Democrats and major charities, as a 'political ploy5.

He said Labour's aim was to pursue its proposal to fund state-provided care from a compulsory fee on individuals' estates after death. The Tories, who favour a voluntary insurance scheme, dubbed the fee a 'death tax'.

Health Secretary Andy Burnham condemned the Tories for their negative campaigning against the tax, which he said was only one of die options being put fonvard. …

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