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Govt promises biggest overhaul in older people law in 60 years

Govt promises biggest overhaul in older people law in 60 years
12th May 2011

The government has promised reforms of laws regarding support for older and disabled individuals, who may use home care, as well as their carers.

This follows a report by the Law Commission suggested the implementation of changes which would see the biggest change to adult social care law in 60 years.

Over 40 statutes need eliminating or changing, according to the commission, while contradictory guidance must be scrapped.

It is believed that new legislation could be introduced as early as next year.

Michelle Mitchell, charity director at Age UK, commented: "The Law Commission's recommendations provide a one off opportunity to replace this dog's breakfast with a clear, logical and consistent framework."

This follows news that the Labour party is to review its policy on older people, according to shadow health secretary John Healey.

Experts are to consider how the NHS can deal with the rapidly ageing population and how older people can contribute to society.

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