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week the Department of Health published its plans for reforming the
social care system, which provides care and support services to
millions of people with disabilities, older people and carers.
This includes a white paper setting out the vision; a progress
report on funding reform; and a draft Care and Support Bill which
you can comment on until 19 October
The white paper, Caring for
our future: reforming care and support, sets out
their vision for a reformed care and support system.
They state that the new system will:
Find out more about the Social Care White Paper (link opens in a
The draft Care and Support Bill proposes a single, modern law
for adult care and support that replaces existing outdated and
The Government is inviting comments on this proposed legislation
until 19 October 2012.
The Caring for our future: progress report on funding
reform report states that the Government agrees that the
principles of the model produced by the Dilnot Commission (link
opens in a new window) – financial protection through capped
costs and an extended means test – would be the right basis for any
new funding model.
The Government says its intention is to base a new funding
model on the principles if a way to pay for it can be found.
However, while it is the right thing to do, given the size of the
structural deficit and the economic situation the country faces,
the Government is unable to commit to introducing a new system at
this stage. Funding reform needs to be considered alongside other
priorities and the right place to do this is at the next Spending
Review. Decisions will be taken then.
Although most social care and disability campaigners recognise
the need for and welcome reform of the social care system,
many, including Disability Rights UK and Age UK, have
expressed great disappointment that decisions around care
funding have been delayed.
More information: Department of Health Caring
for our future website (link opens in a new window)
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