Age UK statement on Care Bill
Published on 10 May 2013 04:00 PM
Michelle Mitchell, Charity Director General at Age UK says:
'We welcome the Care Bill as having the potential to transform our crumbling, unfair social care system.
'But for the Government's vision to succeed we must see the legislation twinned with both an emergency injection of funds to stop the system spiralling further into crisis, and a commitment that everyone assessed as having so called moderate needs is given access to the system.
'If the eligibility criteria set by the Government exclude those with "moderate" needs, many of those who cannot carry out everyday tasks such as washing, getting dressed, preparing food and laundry will be left without help or will have to pay for it themselves.
'The Government's care cap announcement allowed people to think they would all be entitled to help in limiting care costs if they need care in later life.
'But unless access to care is set at moderate then only when people develop very high levels of need will the cost of care start to count towards the cap. Many people will feel badly let down by the government if only those assessed as having "substantial" needs can get help with future care costs.
'Good standards of care make both moral and economic sense. Well-funded social care can allow people to remain part of their community thus reducing the costs and additional pressure on the NHS by avoiding preventable hospital admissions.'
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