State 'should help more' in paying for care

Posted on 29 March 2011

People paying for care could soon see a cap introduced on the amount of money they will need to hand over, as part of an independent review on social care funding.

The Financial Times reports that Andrew Dilnot, who chairs the commission performing the review, believes the state will need to provide more cash to fund social care, although he added that a completely tax-funded solution is not practical.

"While it will require more public funds, we think they will not be so large that the Treasury will feel they cannot do it," he told the newspaper.

Mr Dilnot went on to say that the financial services industry wants to offer more effective products for people who are paying for care, but wants the state to shoulder some of the risk.

It follows news in the Littlehampton Gazette that the quality of care in Worthing, Southlands and St Richard's hospitals has been praised by independent regulators.

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