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Electing for confusion

In the days leading up to the general election, Leah considers the future of funding for care and the current choices facing care users

5 June 2015

At the time of writing, we are in the final days leading up to the general election. While I have heard plenty of sound bites centring on a strong economy, the future of the NHS and countless promises written in stone, I was surprised by how little I had heard regarding the care of the elderly, and particularly the funding of care.

Turning to the election manifestos of the biggest political parties, I found a reference to the Care Act 2014 reforms in only one, and then only by mention of the proposed cap on the cost of care (which has not yet been implemented).

Uncertain territory

Paying for residential care may not have been on the front page of any manifesto, but it has become a source of confusion and concern for many people who come into contact with it. In England, the Care Act is partly implemented, with whole sections still awaiting consult...

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