The government is taking steps to end the “postcode lottery” concerning care for elderly and disabled people in England. Draft eligibility rules have been released, for discussion, whereby from 2015 all councils in England would have to fund services for those assessed as having “substantial” needs. Charities and other commentators say this threshold is too high and would exclude many people with more moderate needs.
Social care rules aim to end ‘postcode lottery’. London: BBC Health News, June 28th 2013.
This relates to:
Draft national minimum eligibility threshold for adult care and support: a discussion document. London: Department of Health, June 2013.
Care and Support Minister Norman Lamb’s Viewpoint
The following press release places these proposals in the context of the most important reform of social care in over 60 years:
Social care users will be guaranteed a minimum level of council help under new plans. London: Department of Health, June 28th 2013.
[A brief reference to this item features in Dementia and Elderly Care: the Latest Evidence Newsletter (RWNHST), Volume 3 Issue 9, August 2013].