An adult social services outrage on a par with the Baby P tragedy is bound to happen without urgent reform to the current system, Britains largest public-sector union has warned.
Home owners face paying more council tax simply for enjoying nice views or having a patio or off-street parking. Officials have secretly assessed more than 11million homes for ‘desirable features’ as Labour prepares for a revaluation of council tax after a General Election. Ministers admit the Valuation Office Agency is building a huge database of all 23million homes in England.
LGA claims that one suggested funding model in the just-published social care green paper is at odds with the personalisation agenda have been called into question
The use of council tax to fund local social care services could be banned as part of proposals to end postcode lotteries in the governments long-awaited social care green paper.
Care for the elderly will deteriorate without a controversial new care insurance scheme, Health Secretary Andy Burnham insisted last night.As he prepared to unveil the biggest shake-up of social care in a generation, Mr Burnham told the Daily Mail that the Government has not yet decided whether to make payments into the scheme voluntary or compulsory.
Plans to scrap the two-tier system of long-term care for the elderly, which gives no help to thousands of middle-class families, will be outlined this week. Ministers are proposing the creation of a universal system giving all families the same basic entitlement to help, with the same legal protection, right to an assessment of needs and help in navigating the complex fees of care homes.
Elderly people will no longer be forced to sell their homes to pay for care under government proposals to be unveiled next week in a long awaited green paper on tackling the spiralling cost of care for an ageing population.
Fees for elderly people receiving help with tasks like washing, dressing and eating have risen by an average of 45 per cent since 2007, with councils using stealth tactics to disguise the steepest increases.
Britons who fear having to sell their homes in old age to pay for health treatment could instead pay the Government up to £12,000 for long-term care, under new proposals being considered by ministers.
The imminent social care green paper will include insurance-based options as well as a minimum level of care support in its proposals, the Kings Fund has predicted