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Carers UK welcomes announcement of commission on long-term care

20 May 2010
Carers UK comments on the announcement of Government plans for reforming the social care system.

Responding to the publication of the Coalition programme for government Emily Holzhausen, Director of Policy and Public Affairs at Carers UK said:

"Carers UK welcomes today's announcement that the Government is to set up a commission on long-term care. Our care system is crumbling and the Government has recognised the need for urgent action, with the commission reporting within a year. It is vital that the difficult questions around the scope and funding of reform of social care are approached in a non-partisan way to set in train sustainable reform for the long term.

As a result, the commission must be given a wide remit to consider all options for how to fund a care and support system that can meet the demographic challenge of an ageing population. Carers tell us that they need a system that puts an end not only to the postcode lottery in care, but pools the risk of care costs amongst everyone, so that families no longer fear illness or disability leading to crippling care costs.

In addition, the last government earmarked money for free personal care which the Liberal Democrats had indicated should instead be used for carers breaks. It is not yet clear what the new Government intends to do with this money, but it is critical that it is invested in providing additional support for carers which helps them to stay in work, take a break from caring and look after their own health – things which most people take for granted."

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