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Why try harder?

If the government is not going to fund the care sector, at the very least, they must incentivise providers to re-enter the market, reports Binyamin Ali

10 February 2016

The care sector is in a state of huge turmoil. The government, which has a duty to lead on social policy and implementation, has more or less washed its hands of the problem. It has taken the view that planning for and funding elderly care is the responsibility of the public and not the state.

Small wonder then that a recent report by Age UK found that over the last ten years, government spending on social care has dropped by £1.95bn; the social care budgets for 2015/16 will see a further reduction of £472m; and by 2020/21, providing care at the 2013/14 levels of eligibility will cost an extra £600m.

The report, 'Health and Care of Older People in England 2015',1 also asserts: 'Disability-free life expectancy is rising more slowly than life expectancy… meaning that people are living for more years with disabilities'. Clearly, the ne...

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