Commenting on today's announcement of a Free Personal Care at Home Bill, Niall Dickson, chief executive of The King's Fund, said:
'This government deserves credit for at last putting social care funding near the top of the political agenda. The fact that ministers are committed to fundamental change in this critical area is also good news. The problem is these latest proposals seem to have been hastily put together and appear to cut across the options set out in the government's own Green Paper. After all, the government has only just finished consulting us on the very different proposals set out in that document.
'Trying to fix one bit of the system creates its own difficulties and there has to be a real danger of perverse incentives. Instead, what is needed is a comprehensive solution which deals with all those who need long term care and support. That is why the government is right to support the idea of a National Care Service – for now though it is far from clear how it will work in practice.'
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