Charity urges new Assembly to tackle long term care funding

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

Establishing a Commission for Wales to address the issue of charging for care should be a top priority for any new Welsh Assembly Government, says Age Concern Cymru. The charity says the current system is too complex, inequitable and penalises savers and even people with modest assets. It believes that such a commission could bring the key stakeholders together to find a way forward for Wales. It also believes that a commission could take on board some of the lessons from the Scottish experience of free personal care and the recommendations of the 2006 Kings Fund report by Derek Wanless on social care for older people in England. The charity’s head of public affairs, Sarah Stone, said there was currently a ‘postcode lottery’ across Wales with widely varying charges for domiciliary care depending upon local authority area. “There is also evidence of recent significant increases in charges by a number of local authorities in Wales,” said Ms Stone. “The current system of charging for care at home inc

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