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Charity welcomes elderly care plans

Charity welcomes elderly care plans
23rd January 2008

Help the Aged has welcomed the Liberal Democrats' proposals for guaranteed free personal care for the elderly.

Paul Cann, director of policy and external relations at the charity, said that the package of measure put forward by the party this week was "very attractive".

"Ensuring we have a fair and sustainable funding settlement is crucial to transforming our ailing social care system," Mr Cann claimed.

"Radical" reforms to the existing social care system are "long overdue", he added, stating that these would need a "consensus" among the country's political parties.

Help the Aged is a member of the Caring Choices coalition, which aims to urge the government to reform social care in England.

Nick Clegg, leader of the Liberal Democrats, unveiled his plans for improving elderly care at an activity centre operated by Age Concern in Kingston.

Explaining the party's proposals, Mr Clegg said that it would look to introduce a personal care payment for elderly people "based on need, not on your ability to pay".

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