Ministers propose 'care insurance' for over 50s

Over 50s may soon be asked to contribute to an insurance-style scheme in order to guarantee future provision of long-term care.

The government proposal is one of the financing options being put forward in a new green paper to support its proposed reinvention of the UK's care services, designed to bring an end to the controversial means-tested system.

Other suggestions under consideration include a state-financed care system and a levy on the patient's estate, to be deducted after their death.

The government will continue to debate the implementation of the proposed national care service as they work to replace the current arrangement of means-tested provision, which has been criticised for failing to support middle-class householders, forcing them to sell property to finance care.

A number of older people's interest groups have called for a radical overhaul of the care system to end overcharging in recent weeks, including Counsel and Care, Age Concern and Help the Aged, and the National Pensioners Convention.

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