Ministers have no appetite for action

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

Care services minister Ivan Lewis is the lastest in a long list of luminaries who have called for a “national debate” or an “informed debate” on social care funding. He joins Alan Milburn, Frank Dobson, John Hutton, Jacqui Smith, Stephen Ladyman and Liam Byrne, along with a host of non-ministerial mavens who have called for a national or informed debate since the Royal Commission reported in 1999. Responding to the State of Social Care report published by the Commission for Social Care Inspection in January, which says local authorities will increasingly deny financial aid to all but the most critical cases, Mr Lewis said it was time for a “national debate” on the issue, exactly what his predecessor Liam Byrne said in response to the report on care funding by Sir Derek Wanless published in March last year. In October 2005 a Joseph Rowntree Foundation report said social care funding was “unfair and incoherent” and called for a national debate. In 1999, in response to the Couglan case, Dr Chai P

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