The existing social care system is riddled with complexity ‐ an unfair system of means testing to determine payment plus a postcode lottery of funding and standards ‐ providing little support for family carers. It is important that the principle of having a tax‐funded national care service is properly considered by the newly established Dilnot Commission on the Funding of Care and Support as a future option, but it will not be enough to simply look at the issue of funding without also addressing the quality, standards and availability of care services.
Quality in Ageing and Older Adults – Emerald Publishing
Published: Dec 14, 2010
Keywords: The Care Commission; National care service; Tax‐funded care; The care gap; Care workforce; Monitoring and regulation