Independent Age welcomes new rules on top-ups
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Older people’s charity Independent Age has welcomed new rules under the Care Act to strengthen protection for families from having to pay unfair top-up fees for relatives’ care home costs.
The charity’s chief executive Janet Morrison said it also supported the requirement for councils to improve information and advice services on care issues.
”However we think the Government has missed an opportunity to liberalise the rules on who is eligible for social care, meaning that an estimated 235,000 older people will continue to be outside the system and need to either pay for care themselves, receive it from friends and families – or go without,” said Ms Morrison.
“This is shortsighted because many of those outside the care systems may as a result need to draw on health and other services earlier as a result.”