Two out of three people in the UK say they have no plans to put any money aside to fund their social care in older age, research has found.
The survey of 1,000 people by three charities - Counsel and Care, Help the Aged, and Carers UK - found that when faced with a choice of local authority support, paying for a private service or turning to family and friends, two-thirds are likely to seek help from family or friends.
It also discovered that over two-thirds of people think the government is failing to provide adequate support to family members who care for older relatives.
Nearly half said finding out about social care is confusing, while 45% of people aged 65 and over said they were unclear about where and how to get help.
People want a more personalised care system: well over half would prefer to receive a cash sum direct from their local social services department, enabling them to arrange their own social care
'Right care, Right deal’ is the new joint national campaign launched to build public awareness and support for brave and innovative solutions for the social care system.
The Government has indicated that social care is an urgent political priority. In advance of an expected green paper in 2008, this campaign combines three of the UK’s largest charities working with older people, their families and carers to urge the Government to renew its vision for the future of social care in England.
Carers UK is the voice of carers. Carers provide unpaid care by looking after an ill, frail or disabled family member, friend or partner.
Counsel and Care is a national charity getting the best care and support for older people, their families and carers by providing advice, information and financial support and by influencing future policies, services and funding.
The establishment of a federal health insurance authority to regulate the health insurance industry across the United Arab Emirates has moved a step closer.
Compulsory health insurance for expats and their dependants began in Abu Dhabi, the federal capital of the UAE, in January 2008.
Dubai, the UAE’s biggest emirate in population terms, has established a steering committee with compulsory insurance expected to be introduced this year.
Other emirates are expected to follow suit.
The introduction of a federal authority to regulate UAE standards in compulsory health insurance cover means that progress can be made. They are seeking comments from the various emirates. Other ministries, such as justice, labour and health are also being consulted.
The UEA has a population under 5 million, but there are 60000 British expats living there.