The new coalition government will establish a commission on long-term care, to report within a year. The commission will consider a range of ideas, including both a voluntary insurance scheme to protect the assets of those who go into residential care, and a partnership scheme as proposed by Derek Wanless.
Emily Holzhausen of Carers UK comments, “Our care system is crumbling and the government has recognised the need for urgent action. 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. It 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. Families need to no longer fear illness or disability leading to crippling care costs.”