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The age old problem

A ‘partnership’ model will bring a fairer solution to the UK's problem of social care, says Chris Horlick

14 March 2012

Andrew Dilnot’s Commission on the Funding and Support of Care has been tasked with finding a funding solution for the care needs of our rapidly growing elderly population. The timing is significant as the UK faces a rapidly ageing population which will have a profound impact on care funding and related issues.

Numbers game

In the UK the number of people aged over 85, who need most resource to fund domiciliary and residential care and support, is now set to increase by over 60 per cent in the next 20 years (Laing and Buisson, 2009). Put another way, there are now over 400,000 elderly people in residential care. This number is predicted to increase to 750,000 in 2031 and more than triple in 2081 to 1.5m.

This significant increase in our elderly population is taking place at a time when there is a sharp decline among people of working age &nda...

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