Wednesday, 10 February 2010

Who killed free personal care?

Forget who killed Archie in Eastenders. If you want twists, turns, skulduggery and intrigue look no further than the free personal care at home bill.

It seems that what began as a pledge for free care has turned into a fairly large flat fee paid on either retirement or death

I freely admit to having lost track of what is going on. The thought of a flat-fee on retirement worries me; what about people who are not yet at retirement age, how does this affect IB's, what will the thresholds be? One thing I am certain of is that this is not the way to make policy. Service users, workers and carers all deserve more than this.


  1. All that occurs to me is that noone has a clue what they are doing. I can't see any possibility of the Personal Care at Home Bill making it through Parliament which is why the government can just keep adding and taking away parts. The frustrating thing is that there have been consultations about funding social care for years and all that seems to have been sacrificed at the altar of electioneering.

  2. If you lend someone $20 and never see that person again, it was probably worth it.............................................

  3. Yes the chance of it making it through Parliamentary processes and onto the statute book seem very small. I feel we are certain to see a change of administration. I completely agree too about the consultations, all this careful consideration an mulling over options which we have been involved in for years and it's suddenly revealed to have been a pretty meaningless exercise.