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Funding For Elderly Care

Monday, February 11, 2013

On funding for elderly care government is tinkering around the edges with changes that are too little, too late and too vague says GMB.

The country needs a national care service that ensure entitlement to care is based on need not wealth, and for the amounts we pay for a week's care for care home residents to be sufficient to ensure decent standards, quality and dignity.

GMB, the union for care workers, responded to Government proposals on paying for care of the elderly.

Justin Bowden GMB National Officer for the care sector said “The government is tinkering around the edges with changes that are too little, too late and too vague.

The country needs a national care service, paid for out of taxation that ensure entitlement to care is based on need not wealth, and for the amounts we pay for a week's care for care home residents to be sufficient to ensure decent standards, quality and dignity.

These are the reasons the government proposals on social care do nothing to avert the funding crisis and what should be done:

  1. What government has proposed today falls far short of Dilnot recommendations.
  2. It only covers care costs not residential costs.
  3. Home care plus meals on wheels costs about £20,000 per annum.
  4. Residential care home accommodation and meals average £25,000 per annum with medical costs on top.
  5. The elderly care system is about £1bn per annum underfunded and this is expected to grow.
  6. Implementing Dilnot in full and funding local authorities to cover the £1bn growing gap would cost £2-5bn.
  7. We need a new funding stream and the fragile care home sector needs to be integrated with the local authorities who provide the funding and the communities they serve in new not-for-profit 'community mutuals'.

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Contact: Justin Bowden, GMB National Officer on 07710 631 351or GMB press Office 07921 289 880 or 07974 251 823

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