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Build capacity for financial advice ahead of Dilnot, care minister says

Norman Lamb discusses care plans at later life adviser conference

1 February 2013

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Minister of state for care and support Norman Lamb has emphasised the importance of financial advice for older people as part of local authority responsibility.

He said: “It is crucial to start building capacity for advice ahead of Dilnot.”

The MP was keynote speaker at the inaugural Society of Later Life Advisers (SOLLA) conference in Westminster in January.

Shadow minister for care and older people Liz Kendall also spoke about improving the social care system and the role of advisers.

She said: “The source of the information must be clear, so people know whether it is genuinely independent or from the providers themselves. And there must be proper signposting to other sources of more expert advice, not all of which local councils can provide.”

Both Lamb and Kendall said they welcomed the opportunity to work with SOLLA and others in delivering their aims.

SOLLA is a not for profit, consumer-facing organisation that aims to link individuals and their families with accredited independent financial advice.

More on the conference in March’s Private Client Adviser

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