Magazine article Public Finance

Commission on Long Term Care Set Up to Propose Funding Reforms within a Year

Magazine article Public Finance

Commission on Long Term Care Set Up to Propose Funding Reforms within a Year

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The future funding of social care is to be examined by an independent commission after the new government said the issue was at the 'top of our agenda'.

The commitment was included in the coalition's published programme for government, and confirmed in the Queen's Speech. It promises 'to consider how we ensure responsible and sustainable funding for long-term care'. The commission will report within a year.

Care services minister Paul Burstow said: 'Urgent reform of the social care system is at the top of our agenda. The current system is unsustainable - it cannot go on as it is. Our first step to reform it is to establish an independent commission.

'The Commission on Long Term Care will be tasked with delivering a sustainable settlement, which is a fair partnership between the state and the individual. …

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