2008 – the year of debate
Having committed to producing a green paper on social care funding, the Government is expected to announce details of its consultation process early in the new year. In a series of articles throughout 2008, Caring Times will endeavour to explore all aspects of the funding debate. Counsel and Care chief executive STEPHEN BURKE takes a broad view an identifies some of the questions to which we shoul
2008 promises to be the year of the great care debate – informing both the shape of care for years to come and how it will be paid for.
The care green paper is a real chance to develop an ambitious vision of care and support for older people. It should tackle the crises of funding, fairness and confidence reflected by the growing number of calls to Counsel and Care’s advice service.
Announcing the green paper, the Government offered a radical re-think replacing the current system.
Counsel and Care believes that radical reform must be underpinned by some key principles ensuring:
- simpler access for older people, their families and carers;
- fairer access to services so it is clear what the taxpayer pays for and what the individual is expected to pay and why;
- transparent provision of services and funding mechanisms;
- consistent definitions of care needs across the country, with a minimum safety net of high quality care wherever you live;