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'Lib Dems pledge money for elderly care'

'Lib Dems pledge money for elderly care'
22nd January 2008

The elderly would receive guaranteed personal care as part of a £2 billion NHS reform package proposed by the Liberal Democrats.

Nick Clegg, the party's leader, stated that the extra funds would form a "care guarantee" rewarded on the basis of need-not ability to pay.

Mr Clegg added that it is a "scandalous injustice" that many people are forced to pay for care themselves, leaving many impoverished.

Gordon Lishman, director general of Aged Concern, told the Guardian: "The Liberal Democrats' pledge for minimum standards in care services and the money to support those services is very welcome. It puts those who need care and their unpaid carers at the very centre of care reform."

He added that a reform of the care system is "urgently needed" to enable care to be available "where and when it is needed".

This news follows a recent consultation of 700 people which showed high levels of dissatisfaction over how elderly care is funded.

A number of people expressed that the current system penalises those who have made provisions for their old age by means testing.

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