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Conservative reform plans welcomed by Alzheimer's Society

Conservative reform plans welcomed by Alzheimer's Society
26th October 2009

The shadow health secretary has highlighted how people over the age of 65 could be covered by a home protection scheme which would prevent them from being pushed into selling their home to cover care home costs.

News of the plans put forward by Andrew Lansley in his speech at the National Children and Adults Services Conference last week has been welcomed by the Alzheimer's Society.

Neil Hunt, the chief executive of the charity, said the party representative was continuing to carry the political debate on how a fairer system to pay for care can be developed, specifically for those with dementia.

The expert claimed that commitment to allow people over 65 to join the scheme and protect the cash benefit attendance allowance will allow many of those with dementia - who are often the hardest hit by the current system - to remain safe in their investments.

Mr Hunt concluded: "People are being forced to spend much of their life savings on what is often poor quality care. We need a new care system that is transparent, fair and puts an end to the dementia tax."

The event where the propositions were made by Mr Lansley was held at the Harrogate International Centre - a site regularly used for the Tory conference - on October 21st.

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