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Help the Aged welcome new legislation

Help the Aged welcome new legislation
10th December 2007

Help the Aged has welcomed today's announcements surrounding care for the elderly and social care.

The new legislation, announced by health secretary Alan Johnson, should ensure pensioners in care will be given control of how money for their aid will be spent rather than that decision remaining with social workers.

Paul Cann, director of policy and external relations at Help the Aged, told "The focus on individual budgets and personalisation promises to empower older people and their carers to drive the decisions that shape their lives."

He added that this was a "huge step forward" which should bring benefits for older people.

However, no one should estimate the culture change within the social care system if self directed care is to work he concluded.

Those in care will be means tested to assess their personal and health needs. Councils will then pay the cash into their bank accounts or those of a nominated relative.

Councils are expected to be given £520 million over three years to improve the service.

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