‘The Big Issue’ – now for the really tricky questions
DAVID PERRY MA, group vice-chairman of European Care Group, says best value, not the funding mechanism, is the real ‘big issue’.
Much of the debate in social care is – rightly – focused on the ‘Big Issue’ of ‘how are the costs of care to be met given the unprecedented forecast increase in demand?’ All ‘front runner’ responses rely (one way or another) on financial contributions from the general public. To the extent that there is evidence of public support for these ideas, maybe the ‘insurance’ scheme concept (first proposed at least 10 years ago) has found its time. Is it right however, to assume that those who favour the ‘I’m prepared to pay’ approach are satisfied that their current taxes (to government and to local authorities) are spent wisely and that, therefore, new revenue streams are essential? Can we, for example, rest content that the thre