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The Socialist 13 February 2013

Defend the NHS

The Socialist issue 752

'Save our A&E' - Defend the NHS

Mid Staffs hospital scandal: Big business culture kills


GCSE U-turn shows all Gove's 'reforms' can be stopped

Smash the blacklist - not the unions!

Victory over 'workfare' sanctions

Horsemeat scandal: good for profit, bad for health

"Fully funded" social care plan - still needed

Them & Us


15 February 2003: A million on the streets to stop the war


Campaigning against cuts

TUSC: 'No cuts' candidate in Eastleigh

Nottingham: Campaigning for comedy without misogyny

Support the fight for a socialist alternative

Socialist Party 2013 national youth and student meeting


Unison region calls for general strike

Care workers fight cuts in pay and conditions

Workplace In Brief


Greece: Martial law ends ferry workers' strike


Low pay + high prices = debt misery

Film review: 'No' - an exercise in rewriting Chile's history

Spielberg's Lincoln by Tony Mulhearn

 
 
 
 

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"Fully funded" social care plan - still needed

Louise Campbell

Tory health secretary Jeremy Hunt would like to have us believe that he's a hero of the elderly. He has announced plans that will supposedly tackle the scandal of people having to sell their houses to pay for elderly care. Shockingly 40,000 people are forced to do this every year under the current system.

The "fully funded" plan includes capping the cost of social care to individuals at 75,000 over their lifetime and increasing from 23,250 to 123,000 the assets you have to own before having to contribute.

Drop in the ocean

Any measures which relieve the burden of the cost of elderly care on the poorest people should be welcomed.

But 75,000 is still a devastatingly high cap. The National Pensioners Convention has pointed out that the proposed cap would "help only 10% of those needing care, while the majority will be left to struggle on with a third-rate service." The cap does not include board and lodging if needed.

And of course the gesture is pretty meaningless when social care budgets have been cut by an average of 10% across the country and privatisation has run the service into the ground, as was shown by the collapse of Southern Cross care homes in 2011.

One reason behind Hunt's sudden apparent burst of sympathy for the elderly was shown when he said: "it makes it possible for insurance companies to offer policies, for people to have options on their pensions, so that anything you have to pay under the cap is covered". Yet another effort to find new ways for the Tories' big business friends to make a profit. But so far they have not shown much interest in stepping in here.

Why should we have to pay for this care from our own pockets at all? 120 billion is avoided or evaded in tax by big business every year and they have 850 billion sitting idle in their banks. The money exists in society to have a genuinely fully publicly funded and democratically run, high quality system of social care for all those who need it.


In this issue


Socialist Party NHS campaigning

'Save our A&E' - Defend the NHS

Mid Staffs hospital scandal: Big business culture kills


Socialist Party news and analysis

GCSE U-turn shows all Gove's 'reforms' can be stopped

Smash the blacklist - not the unions!

Victory over 'workfare' sanctions

Horsemeat scandal: good for profit, bad for health

"Fully funded" social care plan - still needed

Them & Us


Socialist Party feature

15 February 2003: A million on the streets to stop the war


Socialist Party reports and campaigns

Campaigning against cuts

TUSC: 'No cuts' candidate in Eastleigh

Nottingham: Campaigning for comedy without misogyny

Support the fight for a socialist alternative

Socialist Party 2013 national youth and student meeting


Socialist Party workplace news

Unison region calls for general strike

Care workers fight cuts in pay and conditions

Workplace In Brief


International socialist news and analysis

Greece: Martial law ends ferry workers' strike


Reviews and readers' comments

Low pay + high prices = debt misery

Film review: 'No' - an exercise in rewriting Chile's history

Spielberg's Lincoln by Tony Mulhearn


 

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