Important Debate About Social Care
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12 Jul 2011
Across the generations there is anxiety about how we pay for care for older people when they need it.
There is concern and fear from older people that ill health will bring astronomical care bills, with one in ten people facing a care bill of more than £100,000.
Fear too comes from young people as tomorrow’s taxpayers who will shoulder the financial and emotional burden of caring for the growing number of older people in our society.
MPs debated the new Dilnot report on the subject last week, questioning why the Government is letting the timetable for its White Paper on care funding slip from autumn until spring.
There are difficult choices ahead but we must move swiftly. As recent events at Southern Cross have shown, there is a growing crisis in social care in this country. Because of cuts to their grants, councils are planning to spend almost £1 billion less on care at a time when demand is growing.
I welcome the new report as a useful starting point in this important debate and hope that we can work towards a cross-party solution on elderly care.