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.