Lamb calls for consensus on funding
Norman Lamb, the Liberal-Democrat shadow minister for health and social care, has called for a cross-party consensus on long term care funding.
In his keynote speech at this year’s care Agenda, organised by _Caring Times_ and Kingston Bridge Communications, Mr Lamb described social care funding as one of the biggest challenges for whoever wins the coming general election.
“Labour’s plans for free personal care at home will only benefit about 100,000 people, and these will be the wealthiest pensioners – it is an extraordinary policy from a labour government,” he said.
“There are real concerns that Conservatives’ £8,000 home protection scheme will not generate sufficient funding to pay for residential and nursing care but I think the two major parties have missed the fundamental requirement that any new system must be needs-based, not financially-led.”