Response to the Dilnot Commission recommendations
Published on 04 July 2011 12:00 PM
Michelle Mitchell, Charity Director at Age UK, said: 'Age UK welcomes the Dilnot Commission recommendations, which set out a clear blueprint for long term sustainable reform of social care.
'The Government now needs to act on Andrew Dilnot's proposals and follow the Commission's ambitious but achievable timetable of a White Paper by the spring. Delay beyond Easter would be indefensible.
'By setting a clear cap on contributions towards the cost of care, the Government would lift the fear and uncertainty for many.
'The social care system has been neglected for too long and allowed to reach the brink of collapse. The time to act boldly is now to reassure today and tomorrow's older people.'
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