By Debbie le Quesne

Action on the White Paper proposals (we hope)

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Just when I thought the White Paper on care reforms had been put to sleep, I find that government ministers are set to include plans to limit how much people have to pay in its next next spending review.

Frankly, I’m surprised. But maybe this seemingly change of heart is something to do with the loud chorus of complaint from many and varied sources when no real action on the Dilnot reports was proposed.

The Beeb reported yesterday that a spokesman said the prime minister was serious about resolving the issue over capping social care costs.

Last year the economist Andrew Dilnot was commissioned to examine options for overhauling social care and a £35,000 cap – above which the government would meet the costs – was a key recommendation.

A growing consensus behind the move among political leaders agrees with the Dilnot outline. And now it seems Mr Cameron and Mr Clegg so too.

Last month Health Secretary Andrew Lansley said ministers supported the principle of a cap but there was no commitment to finding the money to pay for it.

The BBC added that the government is keen to scotch the impression that reform of social care in England is dead in the water and a Whitehall source said yesterday there is a will to include it in the next Comprehensive Spending Review, expected to begin next year.

This is great news, but the Dilnot package will cost the Treasury almost £2bn a year.

“A No 10 spokesman said the prime minister and the government were serious about resolving social care but stressed there was no final, signed-off plan ready to be announced,” the BBC reported.

In a statement, the Department of Health said it was continuing to “explore a range of options” for funding social care in the future.

Speaking on Radio 4’s World at One programme, Mr Dilnot told the BBC he was “delighted” that “significant steps” seemed to have been taken in recent days to agree the basis for a sustainable system for funding long-term care for the elderly.

 The issues remain, however, exactly what mechanisms will be brought to bear to raise the cash.

True, if the Dilnot proposals are adopted it would end the extortionate costs of care bills presented to families and it would probably save home legacies too.

In reality the latest news is not a huge step forward by the government, but undoubtedly an important one.

Enjoy the weekend, it’s almost here . . . thunder, rain, flooding. Grrreat!


Written by debbielq

August 17, 2012 at 7:02 am

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