Charity demands 'radical' reform of care system

Over 50s charity Age Concern and Help the Aged has expressed its view that major governmental changes are necessary to improve the care system for older people.

Michelle Mitchell, director for the merged charities, spoke of the need to provide a means for poorer families and pensioners to share the cost of care payment to avoid vulnerable people from missing out on provision.

The call comes in response to recent reports which suggested that a forthcoming green paper is to propose a new scheme that would allow elderly people in England and Wales to secure long-term care with a one-off payment of 12,000.

Ms Mitchell said: "The current care and support system fails too many older people and their families - we definitely need to see radical reforms in the green paper the government is preparing."

She also suggested the implementation of a national insurance scheme to paid into by workers in order to ensure provision is available for those who need it later in life.

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