Funding OLD AGE!!
Tomorrow, ministers are set to agree in principle to place a cap on what people in England pay towards their own care.
Health Secretary, Andrew Lansley, implied at the weekend in a radio interview that legislation to change the funding of social care for elderly and disabled people in England could be introduced during this Parliamentary term.
Leading charities, care providers and many political opponents feel that although in principal these proposals are a small step in the right direction, these are quite shallow actions without more details and a clearly defined timetable, and there needs to be significantly more information around the entire process, which includes timings and funding.
Pre-empting this announcement, today we have a current Government advisor and Conservative MP who is to discuss the existing and potential future shape of benefits for pensioners.
It is thought he will propose that all pensioners are means - tested at a point after the next election, which could ultimately see an end to many households receiving a number of existing benefits, such as prescriptions and free bus passes. As part of his advice, Nick Boles MP will seek to bring an end to the current qualification criteria for many other state pensioner benefits including: TV licences, subsidised transport and the fuel allowance in the winter months could also be affected.
We will not know for 24 hours, but could this be a small part of the funding solution, our Government has in mind, for personal care!