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Lord Lipsey outlines principles to tackle social care reform

Labour peer Lord Lipsey has teamed up with a group of social care experts to draft a paper outlining steps government needs to take to help tackle social care reform.

The paper, Long Term Care of the Elderly: Shaping the Future, argues that reform of long-term care funding in England is long overdue, and a cross-party agreement is needed to ensure any changes will survive governmental change.

The paper is co-authored by Lord Lipsey, former Health Minister Rt Hon Lord Warner, Conservative MP and former Secretary of State for Health Rt Hon Stephen Dorrell, Liberal Democrat peer and former head of the King’s Fund Baroness Neuberger and Sir Derek Wanless.

The paper says there is a need for future funding of social care to be a partnership between the state and individuals. It calls for a national system of funding, assessment and entitlement, more help for family carers and an increase in the quantity and quality of all types of formal social care.

The paper also calls for access to a single point of information for individuals and their families, choice so that individuals can decide whether to remain at home or move into residential care and for the right for individuals to not have to sell their home to pay for care.

Lord Lipsey says: “The recent political furore about long-term care has created more heat than light. What is needed is a policy on which people of all parties can agree which will reform care of older people for the long-term – and that is what I and my colleagues have sought to produce.

“This is a policy for long term care not for days or weeks but for years and even decades. Our proposals are fair, affordable and will improve service.”

A cross-party conference is due to take place tomorrow.



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There are 3 comments at the moment, we would love to hear your opinion too.

  1. All of which will cost millions of pounds and be debated endlessly thereafter at yet further cost to the tax payer.

    All that’s required is tax relief on premiums to LTC insurance plans. Job done. Where do I send the invoice for my work in having come up with this?

  2. Agree with Julian in principle, all that needs to be done is how the less well off in society are given access to it (and how this is financed/administered). Subject to means assessment the state should pay their premiums.

  3. In my opinion it is not as easy as just giving tax relief. That would make little difference as generally only the very rich would take advantage and they tend to self fund anyway.

    I think the solution lies with incentivising people who self provide with better quality care than those that rely on the State and supporting them and their families with flexible payment options (including from their estates post death).

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