Councils should refer people who fund their own long term care needs to independent financial advisers, according to Partnership managing director for care Chris Horlick.
Under current rules, people with assets of more than £23,250 are not entitled to means tested help from the Government toward the cost of their long term care. The Dilnot commission proposes raising that threshold to £100,000.
Giving evidence to the Health select committee on long term care funding this morning, Horlick said local authorities are often seen as the “gatekeepers” for care but that from work the firm had been doing with 20 councils they way they treated people who pay for their own services is “appalling”.
He said: “The clue is in the question, if you are a self funder you might need help with your funding so some independent financial advice at that point might be useful.
“It is a real opportunity for local authorities to serve citizens better and save themselves some money if they took the step of when a self funder presents themselves rather than sending them away with an almost useless leaflet they actually refer them to someone who might be able to help them.”
Horlick told MPs there was significant demand for information on funding long term care, quoting research carried out by Partnership which found there were 29 million Google searches a year for the term “how do I pay my care fees”.