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Source : Rob Mansfield
Published on 07 January 2013 09:00 AM
David Cameron and Nick Clegg will focus on social care and 'old age' as part of the mid-term review of the Coalition's programme on Monday.
Among the big announcements, the Prime Minister and his deputy are expected to pledge to 'provide dignity in old age', with information about an improved state pension and details about the cost of long-term care.
However, reports that they will announce a £75,000 cap on social care costs are believed to be false - with the leaders instead concentrating on a general message of help.
The Dilnot Commission - appointed by the Government - recommended a cap of £35,000 on the cost of social care when it reported in July 2011, but there has since been no official announcement of the amount that the Coalition has decided upon.
In addition, Cameron and Clegg are likely to provide fresh plans for a flat-rate state pension worth at least £140 a week - currently the most you can get is £107.45.
The foreword to their speech states: 'We will set out two big reforms to provide dignity in old age: an improved state pension that rewards saving, and more help with the costs of long-term care.'
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A social scientist and barrister, Caroline has spent her career in the voluntary and public sectors, mostly on children and families’ issues. She has worked in a senior capacity at the children’s charity, Action For Children and at the Local Government Association. Caroline has also been a policy adviser to Ministers and Shadow Ministers, and a senior civil servant. A former chair of the End Child Poverty campaign, Caroline’s policy interests include integrated health and care, family policy, poverty and the role of the voluntary sector.
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She also wrote the Daily Mail Tax Guide for 10 years. She was a member of the Financial Services Consumer Panel from 1999 to 2003, and from 1983 to 1993 she worked for Consumers’ Association.
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