Time is right for an informed public debate

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

The notion that thrift is penalised is eroding confidence in the social welfare system. This was one of the key finding of a study commissioned by the Joseph Rowntree foundation. Paying for long-term care – moving forward was published in April and reports the results of a survey of consumer views. Eight focus groups with people of differing ages in different locations across the UK were set up, with carers, people with disabilities and people from black, Asian and minority ethnic groups. The main points to come out of the survey were: # *The State is still expected to play a major role in funding long term care in the future.* Despite awareness of demographic changes and acknowledgement that there will be difficulties with funding long term care in the future, there was great reluctance to acknowledge that individuals in the future will have to contribute more towards the costs of their care in older age. Although a small number of people said they felt that it was the individual’s responsibility to plan

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