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Care Services: Older People

Volume 691: debated on Wednesday 25 April 2007

asked Her Majesty's Government:

What is their response to the conclusions of the report Securing Good Care for Older People; and how they envisage that such care would be funded. [HL3262]

The number of older people, particularly those aged over 85, is expected to rise sharply over coming years with significant implications for public services, such as long-term care for the elderly. Recent reports from Derek Wanless for the King's Fund, the Joseph Rowntree Foundation and others have made important contributions to the debate around the future of social care provision, which will also be informed by individual budgets, partnerships for older people projects, direct payments and the In Control programme. In assessing proposals and as part of the long-term vision of the 2007 Comprehensive Spending Review, the Government will consider whether they are affordable, whether they are consistent with progressive universalism and whether they promote independence, dignity, well-being and control in line with Improving the Life Chances of Disabled People, the White Paper Our Health, our Care, our Say and the National Service Framework for Older People.