Counting the cost of Œfree¹ care


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

|As Bob Ferguson suggests, someone has to pay for what is described as Å’free¹ care ­ and it could be you| The Welsh Assembly¹s unanimous approval of the principle of free personal care for older people has closed an important gap in the Celtic fringe. Unfortunately for folk in the Principality, Cardiff¹s lack of tax-raising powers means that the vote could never be anything more than a gesture; their ability to make it happen will still be dependent on Westminster¹s largesse. Although the well-documented resistance from that quarter seems unlikely to buckle, the Welsh proposal could nevertheless build up a head of steam, increasing pressure on a government which, never forget, is pledged to the eradication of the so-called “postcode lottery” in the provision of health and social services, to breathe life into the Royal Commission¹s lofty aspiration. As care home owners pack their buckets and spades for a few days¹ rest and relaxation in Barbados or Bognor, they will probably have noticed that the deba





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