Care funding: ‘confusion today, crisis tomorrow’ says charity

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

Help the Aged has warned that the next generation of pensioners will face hardship if the current system of paying for care does not keep pace with changing demographics and ever increasing needs. The charity says the upcoming Treasury comprehensive spending review must signal clear steps forward which simplify and improve a system that is underperforming today and in danger of plunging into crisis tomorrow. Help the Aged has urged the Government to develop a long term plan to balance public and private responsibility for paying for services. The charity’s head of public affairs Mervyn Kohler said that, in the present means-tested system, the balance between the State and the individual was often unfairly ‘all or nothing’, with many people not knowing where State responsibility ends and the individual’s begins. “We need to clarify the future of social care funding,” said Mr Kohler. “It currently doesn’t work and urgently needs fixing. Older people are under-served by means-tested services whic

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