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A HUNG PARLIAMENT AND WHAT IT MEANS FOR SOCIAL CARE?

20.06.2017

  • THE DECISION TO HOLD A SNAP ELECTION?
    Clearly the decision to hold a snap election was not because of the on going crisis in the elderly care system which is caused by too much demand and too little funding.

 

  • THE ISSUES IN SOCIAL CARE?
    A long list could be compiled. These include self funders paying 43% more for the same care bed as compared with somebody funded by a Local Council. The quality of care failing the “Mum test”. The minimum wage in the sector going up, but some cash starved councils only paying the equivalent of £2.25 per hour. Care homes charging for rooms after a resident’s death, not to mention a fear of complaining in case care homes serve notices to quit on residents. The list could go on.

 

  • DOES A NEW GOVERNMENT OF WHATEVER COLOUR HAVE AN ELDERLY CARE AGENDA?    The answer is yes. Each of the main three parties has a different solution:- The Conservatives say that you must pay for your social care from your assets to include your house until you having only £100,000 remaining. This is subject to a CAP on the maximum anybody should pay for their care. The amount of the CAP is unknown. The Labour party propose that £8bn is put into social care over the next five years and that a National Care service be set up whilst the liberal Democrats propose a 1p increase on income tax, with the money raised being applied to both the NHS and social care.

 

  • WHAT NEXT AS A RESULT OF A HUNG PARLIAMENT?                                                          The issue of social care reform is now likely to be placed into the too difficult box meaning that none of the manifesto proposals will get implemented. That said the Green Paper proposed by the previous Conservative administration may well be produced but because of lack of consensus and like the previous 21 Green and White papers over the last 20 years it will be kicked into the long grass.

           

  • WHAT IS THE BEST THING TO DO?                         Understand the existing rules under The Care Act 2014 and proceed accordingly. Waiting or doing nothing in relation to social care is not the best option. This approach, with this issue, only results in people not being organised and their care costing more.

 

  • If you want to know more then for a free appointment and to find out answers to the questions that need answering email Andrew Douglas or his team on ajd@awdrys.co.uk or simply call us on 0800 072 8636.

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