Prime Minister Bodj has pledged to sort out social care funding in his first 100 days in office The trouble is that he has started out on the wrong foot by promising that ”older people can keep their own homes.” It is the very opposite of what should happen, even though older people would not agree.
I have long argued this. I even went to 10 Downing Street and presented the case to one of Tony Blair’s advisers. Needless to say it fell on deaf ears. My argument was repeated in a watered down way in Andrew Dillnot’s report several years later, but, it too was never implemented by successive Conservative governments. So thousands of older people languish in poor quality, poorly staffed residential homes and many more frail older people and their carers are left at home with equally poor domiciliary care if they get any support at all.
Bodj wants an all party consensus on the future of social care because he knows that a great many the older people who voted him in would not agree to a solution which requires them to sell their own home to pay for their care. The hard reality is that as a society we have not saved enough for later life care and using the equity accumulated in property inflation in the last fifty years is the only way we can afford a better solution.
But first we have to solve the political conundrum of an all party consensus. I think there is no chance of this happening. The minute one party proposes using people’s homes to pay for care the other parties see an advantage in opposing it. So we end up in the limbo we have been in for almost the last twenty years.
So don’t wait on politicians of any shade, to all of them older people are in the “too difficult” red box to be left for another day. The solution if you can afford it is to sell up and downsize.