According to research from the Commission on Funding of Care and Support, the public wants a clear message from the government on how much they will have to pay for care in their old age.
While the majority of people believe both the government and the individual have a responsibility to contribute to long-term care costs, they want clarity on exactly what they will be expected to pay, along with simple ways to support them in planning for this. Many pointed to the economic context as leaving them wary about shifting goalposts and their main concern was that whatever the final settlement, it must be sustainable to allow them to plan ahead.
Andrew Dilnot of the Commission says, "This research demonstrates exactly why reform of funding for care and support is needed. Too many people are not able to plan for the kind of care and support they would want because of confusion over how the current system works. Certainly, the system we have at the moment is not one to be proud of and it will be unable to cope with future demands. Most people are happy to contribute towards the cost of their long-term care, but they want a simpler system which gives them greater certainty over what the state will provide and what their responsibilities will be.”
Long term care news: 20 May 2011