Parliament must agree on social care reform, charities say

Posted on 01 June 2011

A number of charities and industry experts have united in an effort to improve care for older people with long term care plans.

A letter to the three party leader seen by the Daily Telegraph stated that time had run out for political debate for how to care for those paying for care and a consensus must be reached by MPs of all parties.

Signatories to the letter included Age UK, the Joseph Rowntree Foundation, the leaders of Bupa Care Services, the Local Government Association and social workers' and carers' representatives.

 A Continued on government commission is currently drawing up plans tackling funding of the social care system, but the letter warns that political divisions must not get in the way of reform as they have in the past.

"For over a decade, governments of all colours have struggled to agree an answer. But delay is no longer an option," said the letter, according to the newspaper.

This follows worrying projections from the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), which warned that the cost of looking after people paying for care is to treble over the next 40 years.

Written by Megan Smith



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