Group warns Cameron over 'inefficient' care system
Elderly people are facing neglect and abuse because of an inefficient care system, the prime minister has been told.
A coalition of charities, housing associations, peers and trade unions has called for ministers to work together to tackle the increasing number of elderly people in the UK, and said a lack of ‘political leadership’ should not be a barrier to reform.
The housing signatories, Anchor, Home Group and Methodist Housing, back the letter, which said an estimated 800,000 older people are being left without basic care, while others face losing their homes because of high care bills.
It wants ministers to fund a care system which can provide high-quality care for everyone.
The government has said it will publish a white paper on social care by April.
The letter supports proposals made by Andrew Dilnot in a report published in July last year, which recommended a £35,000 cap for care costs in England. Any costs in excess of the cap should be met by the taxpayer. The report estimates that the system would cost the government £2 billion every year.
The report also called for ministers to make it easier for people to draw on their assets without having to sell their home during their lifetime. An estimated 20,000 people sell their home each year to pay for their care costs, which for one in four people exceed £50,000, and one in 10 more than £100,000.
Meanwhile, housing minister Grant Shapps has announced a new package for older people to help them live at home for longer. This includes £51 million for home improvement agencies and a further £20 million for disabled facilities grants.