Duncan Lewis


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Right leaning thing tank warns Government of perilous consequences if reforms to social welfare schemes were carried out without giving it a thought

Date: (5 May 2012)    |    

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Two pressure groups supposed to be leaning right has said that the middle classes should not expect help with care home bills.
The Centre for Social Justice the think tank set up by former Tory leader Iain Duncan Smith said that the poor and vulnerable should come at the front of the queue for state assistance while the government set its priorities right.
Its report said the care system was treating very many very badly and the quality of care provided was of too low a standard.
The think tank insisted that ministers needed to ponder before adopting a report by the economist Andrew Dilnot which would spare thousands of older people from selling their homes to pay care home bills.
Mr Dilnot had recommended the means test threshold should be raised to £100,000 from £23,000. There would also be cap on individual payments.
In another objection, the Institute of Economic Affairs (IEA), a driving force behind Margaret Thatcher’s thinking, said the financial consequences of mistaken reforms could be calamitous.
Professor Philip Booth of the IEA said those groups which were campaigning for reform should propose practical solutions to the problems that were being faced which in turn could lead to the delivery of more effective care at lower cost.
The Government was preparing legislation on elderly care and David Cameron told the Mail yesterday that the long-standing problems had to be tackled.
He said that the government was committed to a white paper to ensure families and carers got real control over the care their loved ones received.