Survey: State should foot the bill for care
Most people believe that the State should take main responsibility for older people’s care, and that it can afford to do so, according to a national survey carried out by the Nuffield Community Care Studies Unit in Leicester, as part of the Economic & Social Research Council’s economic beliefs and behaviour programme. Changes in population, society and politics have increased debate about how to provide and pay for the care of older people. But evidence about whether the population feels that the State or the individual should be primarily responsible for meeting care needs has, until recently, been limited. The Nuffield study has provided evidence by researching how people feel about using their own financial resources for care in older age. A national survey of 950 men and women concentrated on people’s attitudes towards paying for care. Later, 102 of these people were interviewed again to investigate what they had actually done and what they planned to do about covering their own care needs in later life.