Charity calls on Government to adopt framework to meet ‘care funding gap’
Informal and private care is plugging a funding gap of £25k for every disabled person over the age of 65 in Britain today says a new report from national charity, Counsel and Care which says millions of people are relying on loved ones or their life-savings, simply to make up the £66.4 billion shortfall.
Drawing on new survey evidence from Counsel and Care’s Advice Service, the report also points to “widespread confusion” about the care system caused by the lack of funding, an information gap and a strong perception of unfairness.
Coming ahead of a Green Paper on Social Care, Counsel and Care is calling for 2008 to be ‘the year of the care debate’. In a framework for care and support – A Charter for Change – the charity says:
- 1.9 million disabled people over the age of 65 receive no state-funded care and rely on informal care, a figure set to grow to 2.6 million by 2022.
- The combined value of informal unpaid and privately f