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'Trust us', Ministers say on the care Green Paper sums

04 November 2009
Charities working with older people, carers and disabled people are up in arms after the Government has reneged on a promise to publish the financial modelling behind the care funding Green Paper.

With just ten days to the closure (13 November 2009) of the consultation on the green paper's funding options, stakeholders have been told that the financial modelling will now not be published until some time in 2010.

The decision not to publish has cast doubt on the sustainability of the funding options presented in the green paper as well as the reasons given by Ministers for not including taxation as an option for funding care in the future.

In a joint statement, members of the Care and Support Alliance said: "We welcome the DH's publication of the Green Paper and the direction of travel for adult social care. However we are being asked for views on one of the most important social and economic policies facing Britain and our disabled and ageing populations. How we fund the growing demand for better care is critical to all our futures. But we are expected to decide on funding options without the facts and figures they are presumably based on.

"Ministers want us to accept the 'mathematics' underpinning the Green Paper but don't seem to trust the figures sufficiently to publish them. People rightly want to know how much they may have to pay for care in the future and how much it will cost the taxpayer, and they want to know what care they will get in return. These are reasonable questions but we are being denied the information to reach reasonable conclusions on the Green Paper options.

"We asked for the financial modelling to be released in July when the Green Paper was published. It has taken over three months for the Government to finally decide not to provide the details, despite several reassurances to the contrary in the last fortnight. We will now have to obtain the material through FOI requests."

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