Income-based assessment

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

|By IAN HOLDEN – economist & nursing home owner| Once again the pressures are building up on the long term care sector, and the trade press is full of articles about the shortfall in fees paid by local authorities. To compound this, the Office of Fair Trading has put question marks over allegedly unfair terms of contracts – completely ignoring the subterfuges of some care professionals and some relatives in glossing over the dependency levels and nursing care needs of many patients. These arguments however arise largely from the overall unfairness of the financial criteria set by central and local authorities – which determine who pays. It is a bitter pill for many people who discover they are liable to pay privately if their savings exceed £20,500. I have addressed this issue before in articles written for Caring Times in March and April 2001, and suggested a solution which would be far more satisfactory for all concerned. The background to this suggestion is the statistics which relate to the numbers in lo

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