Community care

Liberal Democrat leader Nick Clegg's announcement today that the party had dropped free personal care as a firm manifesto commitment for the next Parliamentary session is more than it appears.
It isn't free personal care that has gone for the next session, but the Derek Wanless recommendations of a partnership model in which costs are shared between individuals and the state.
The party insists this remains an aspiration but it is simply not affordable now.

In their latest manifesto the Lib Dems say: "We will make a 'universal care payment' based on an individual's need, not their ability to pay, for those aged over 65 who require personal care (such as help with dressing and bathing).
"This would slash care costs for many people and guarantee a minimum standard of care for those who need it."


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