What will be the price of ‘progress’?
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That the issue of caring for the elderly is one which is incredibly emotive is something which has been made abundantly clear to the Government in recent months.
In advance of the publication of a new White Paper this month, charities, local councils, providers and campaigners have all pleaded with the Prime Minister, David Cameron, to provide clear and proper reforms of the current care system.
The central point is cost: who should pay for care and how much should they contribute?
Those currently lobbying Downing Street want Mr Cameron and his Cabinet to endorse the findings of an enquiry Commission chaired by the economist Andrew Dilnot which proposed setting a limit of about £35,000 on the amount which private individuals might need to pay.
Instead of being incorporated in the main body of the forthcoming draft legislation, reports in the media in recent days have suggested that the Dilnot recommendations be covered in a ‘progress report’ to be published at the same time.
The specific sums would only be determined at the next spending round, when the Treasury decides how much government should receive to implement all their responsibilities.
Whilst campaigners are seeking to persuade minister not to, as they say, “duck this difficult issue”, the Prime Minister is aware of the twin political and financial needs. His Government needs to balance the country’s books but can’t be seen to increase the uncertainty many of the electorate are currently feeling about what will happen to them as they grow old.
Any clarity which might arise from the current deliberations will be welcome to those people who regularly approach myself and my colleagues at Pannone for advice on the matter.
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