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Uneven keel: social care funding

The government’s quest for an affordable system of social care risks directing any relief primarily to the wealthy, says Austin Thornton

26 August 2012

“Given the size of the ?structural deficit and the economic situation we face, we are unable to commit to introducing the new system at this stage.”

And with that, after a year of internal wrangling over the recommendations of the Dilnot Commission, the government shied at the fence of long-term care funding reform.

But it says it is not backing another horse: “While we support the principles of the approach recommended by the Commission, and it is our intention to base a new funding model on them if a way to pay for it can be found, there remain a number of important questions and trade offs to be considered about how those principles could be applied to any reformed system.”

Not so much ‘Dilnot’ as ‘Dilbut’.

So what are these proposed trade offs? And what direction is the government ...

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