Council leaders pen letter to PM urging for care charge cap

Council leaders pen letter to PM urging for care charge cap

Council leaders pen letter to PM urging for care charge cap

First published in News Bucks Free Press: Photograph of the Author by , Reporter

COUNCIL leaders have written a joint letter to the Prime Minister urging the government to place a limit on charges for elderly care.

Buckinghamshire County Council Leader Councillor Martin Tett - along with his Kent and Hampshire peers - has pleaded for David Cameron to implement the recommendations of economist Andrew Dilnot.

The Dilnot Commission said in 2011 that an individual's contribution towards their care costs in old age should be capped – with £35,000 suggested as a ‘fair amount’.

The three council leaders wrote: “Hardworking families in need of intensive social care support, who have never received any state benefit during their lifetime, are losing their hard earned life savings and homes.

“The government’s swift action in launching the commission so shortly after coming into power was a shrewd and widely welcomed decision.

“However, since the final report over a year ago, this has now been kicked in to the long grass...

“If Didcot was introduced with a cost cap of £35,000, it would enable families to take out insurance up to this threshold – giving families and individuals certainty in planning and providing for their care in old age.”

Cllr Paul Carter, the leader of Kent County Council, has launched an e-petition demanding the Didcot recommendation are in place by 2015 – it had been signed by more than 450 people when this story was published.

The council leaders’ signed off their letter to the Prime Minister by writing: “In a civilised society, providing for our hard working elderly and vulnerable should be a government's top priority."

The Department for Health said placing a limit on costs was the best way to protect families from losing their assets and the government is looking at ways it could fund the estimated £1.7bn cost of implementing the plan.

In a statement, it said: "We still have a long way to go if this country is going to be one of the best places in Europe to grow old.

"There is no doubt capping costs - the principle recommended by Dilnot - is the best model. The key question is how to fund it sensibly given the current deficit.

“We are looking at how to achieve this, along with taking action to ensure people do not have to sell their homes to pay for care.”

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7:03pm Tue 8 Jan 13

Aquator says...

I think it is about time that our public servants both remember who they are employed by and stop going back to the city (of slugs) expecting to obtain remedy from the perpetrators of the crimes of austerity and its cohort confiscatory policies.
None on the street will deny the utter criminality of the present systems of administration. Just as none will deny that poverty kills.
There is however, a simple and very powerful solution to blunt the teeth of these reptilian (read dragon) entities.
As such we (the people and the public trust) offer amnesty to all present employees and officers of our public services. There is a great deal to unlearn, but as ever the simple truths are rising and are destined to bring all matters back into balance.
I cordially invite Martin Tett into a reasoned and respectful dialogue over these matter.
We do after all have a mutual duty towards one another, especially in the face of such injustices.
I think it is about time that our public servants both remember who they are employed by and stop going back to the city (of slugs) expecting to obtain remedy from the perpetrators of the crimes of austerity and its cohort confiscatory policies. None on the street will deny the utter criminality of the present systems of administration. Just as none will deny that poverty kills. There is however, a simple and very powerful solution to blunt the teeth of these reptilian (read dragon) entities. As such we (the people and the public trust) offer amnesty to all present employees and officers of our public services. There is a great deal to unlearn, but as ever the simple truths are rising and are destined to bring all matters back into balance. I cordially invite Martin Tett into a reasoned and respectful dialogue over these matter. We do after all have a mutual duty towards one another, especially in the face of such injustices. Aquator
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1:31pm Thu 10 Jan 13

The Drone says...

Is Didcot an alternative report to the Dilnot? Or is the Kentish leader commenting on a different subject.
Mr Simon Farr's article doesn't help.
Aquator also seems puzzled.
Is Didcot an alternative report to the Dilnot? Or is the Kentish leader commenting on a different subject. Mr Simon Farr's article doesn't help. Aquator also seems puzzled. The Drone
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2:38pm Thu 10 Jan 13

Aquator says...

The Drone wrote:
Is Didcot an alternative report to the Dilnot? Or is the Kentish leader commenting on a different subject. Mr Simon Farr's article doesn't help. Aquator also seems puzzled.
Puzzled, not in the least friend.
The unpleasant truth to any of the growing number of researchers into this designed economic crisis is freely available.

Perhaps its most eloquent of recent descriptions can be found on youtube "Truthful Irish : Re-presenting Barry Fitzgeralds "From tyranny to freedom"

Do you teach your children to bully and not forgive drone?

Do we allow the illusion of debts created from fresh air and in such a way that none can resolve their negative impact without imposing austerity and its cohort deadly confiscatory policies?

It is also interesting to note that we are hearing increasingly about the "end of life pathway" with some truly abhorrent events.

This attempt at justifying the theft of our elderly peoples hard earned resources when we should be fully supporting them in thier dotage.

The very same applies to the imposition of austerity in terms of its destructive capacity towards all people.

The defficit too is an obscenity especially when it is contrasted to the trillions stashed in offshore havens and the utter impossibility of ever resolving. It was designed this way.

Poverty kills does it not and this facet would so easily fall into the area of legally legitimising the theft of private property as an adjunct to the rest of the banking system.
[quote][p][bold]The Drone[/bold] wrote: Is Didcot an alternative report to the Dilnot? Or is the Kentish leader commenting on a different subject. Mr Simon Farr's article doesn't help. Aquator also seems puzzled.[/p][/quote]Puzzled, not in the least friend. The unpleasant truth to any of the growing number of researchers into this designed economic crisis is freely available. Perhaps its most eloquent of recent descriptions can be found on youtube "Truthful Irish : Re-presenting Barry Fitzgeralds "From tyranny to freedom" Do you teach your children to bully and not forgive drone? Do we allow the illusion of debts created from fresh air and in such a way that none can resolve their negative impact without imposing austerity and its cohort deadly confiscatory policies? It is also interesting to note that we are hearing increasingly about the "end of life pathway" with some truly abhorrent events. This attempt at justifying the theft of our elderly peoples hard earned resources when we should be fully supporting them in thier dotage. The very same applies to the imposition of austerity in terms of its destructive capacity towards all people. The defficit too is an obscenity especially when it is contrasted to the trillions stashed in offshore havens and the utter impossibility of ever resolving. It was designed this way. Poverty kills does it not and this facet would so easily fall into the area of legally legitimising the theft of private property as an adjunct to the rest of the banking system. Aquator
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