If #Dilnot isn’t taken forward then politics will have failed

If the report in tomorrow’s Observer newspaper is to be believed, there are Cabinet divisions over Andrew Dilnot’s report on the future funding of adult social care.

If we’re in a position where the Lib Dems – and particularly Nick Clegg – are in support of Dilnot’s proposals, and the Cameron/Osborne axis are against them and want to shelve the report, then it’s potentially a disaster.

Politics will have failed to address one of the major social policy issues of our time.

We’ve been down the road of trying to “solve” the adult social care funding issue so many times, starting with the Royal Commission back in 1999. In the last 18 months alone a national debate on social care, a Green and White paper, plus a Health Select Committee report have all been published, along with countless analyses by key organisations like Age UK and Carers UK.

A consensus was reached prior to the 2010 General Election, only for it to disappear as the election campaign started. Dilnot’s Commission appeared to be a serious way for the issue of social care funding to be considered and addressed, and I was hopeful for its outcomes.

If, then, Dilnot’s recommendations are to be rejected, I hope there’s a substantial  and serious proposal waiting in the wings to address this most pressing of issues.

Our politicians have a moral imperative to ensure the future of social care funding is known, sustainable and fair.

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rich_w

Man of letters & numbers; also occasionally of action. Husband to NTW. Dad of three. Friendly geek.

3 thoughts on “If #Dilnot isn’t taken forward then politics will have failed”

  1. I completely agree. I read exactly the same article and my heart sank a little because I really fear that the existence of a coalition government will give the Tories reason enough to wriggle away from something the LibDems are in favour of.
    Now, to put my cynical hat on – It’s been known for a long time that no government wants to tackle the issue of care funding. It seems to suit central government to discharge very difficult and unpopular decisions about charging policies to local government. This particularly is following the path that the Tories seem to want to go down. It doesn’t suit their purposes to have a cohesive national solution which will only cost more.
    With my hopeful hat, I can see Dilnot being a decent starting point for yet another debate but I don’t think it will be the underlining of the issue that we all rather hoped it would be..

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