Friday, August 17, 2012

Changes to the way that care is funded in the UK

Yesterday it was announced that after many months of prevarication the UK Government will set a limit on the total amount of the cost of care for older people. At the moment, when somebody requires care they have to sell their property and liquidate all of their assets (above £23,000) to pay for it.

What hasn’t been announced, but I have it on very good authority that it will, is that much of the cost of this will be met by removing the allowances that older people get  - like free bus transport and heating allowances.

I gather that when the sums were done it seems that caping care costs and scrapping the allowances makes good fiscal sense – when viewed from the Treasury.

Before the Age Industry starts celebrating about the change in heart of the Government they should ask themselves at what cost (and to whom) will this changes be made. Dick Stroud

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