Independent Age response to the Queen’s speech – social care May 8th, 2013 admin Latest News Shares Comments Independent Age Chief Executive, Janet Morrison, said: “We welcome the announcement of a Care and Support Bill in the Queen’s Speech (Wednesday 8 May) as recognition that the government is now to act with purpose to reform social care. “The details of the bill’s proposals to cap the amount that individuals pay towards their care will be keenly awaited as they will determine whether the bill does genuinely offer an end to the ‘catastrophic cost’ of social care that many ordinary families face. There is a real risk that the fine print of the bill may offer far less protection than it first appears. We also have concerns that the provisions of the bill may be too complex to be easily understood and we strongly support recent calls by the Joint Committee on the Draft Care and Support Bill for a national awareness campaign on the care and support offer. “We look to government to acknowledge the Committee’s recommendations in legislating for independent financial advice for families of care home residents signing up to a third party top-up or deferred payment agreement. It is essential that the Bill recognises the fundamentally different nature of independent financial advice and how the lack of such advice prevents older people from being able to make informed decisions on how to pay for the care they need.” “Finally, we call on the government to recognise and acknowledge that there remains an urgent need for adequate investment in social care. Without this, there is a danger that these welcome legislative changes will not produce the urgently-needed level of transformation on the ground for older people using services, their families and carers.” Submit News Contact us with your community, business or sport news. Phone 07930717137 Email [email protected] Twitter www.twitter.com/onthespot_news Breaking local news as it happens, searchable archives with photographs, the ability to instantly comment on news articles – there are so many advantages to OTS (Onthespot) News. If you want your news read locally online then send it to [email protected] – relying only on the newspaper is to restrict yourself to an ever reducing audience. Onthespot – your online reporter www.onthespotnews.co.uk Do you have a story to tell? Call OTS www.callots.co.uk Please text or phone 07930717137 or email [email protected] Follow OTS (Onthespot) on Twitter www.twitter.com/onthespot_news Related Comments comments!