Byers: Comprehensive Spending Review is an opportunity for change

Posted on October 1st, by editor in Caring Times. No Comments

In delivering the Counsel and Care Annual Graham Lecture in September, Stephen Byers said that if society was to meet its responsibilities to older people then a new frontier in a reformed welfare state would need to be opened in order to ensure that the needs of older people were met in a modern and responsive way. “The figures that show the dramatic demographic changes taking place make a powerful case for a fresh approach,” said Mr Byers. “If we are to get our response right then we will need to change the way in which we model provision in order to meet the requirements of these new consumers of services for older people. The implications are far reaching. It would mean not just a new frontier being opened up but also raises questions as to what we expect from the welfare state and how we believe it should respond to the quite different demands that will be made on it when the post war generation get into their 60s. “The new welfare state must be more about offering choice, moving away from a ‘o

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