Citizen Editor: Care changes may not be generous deal for elderly
THE Citizen has long championed the cause for the Government to dig deep to pay for elderly people's care.
We have consistently said the elderly should not have to sacrifice their homes just to pay for specialist care in a home.
At every step of the way, there has been one problem – a lack of money.
But yesterday, to their credit, the coalition decided to adopt the excellent Dilnot report recommending an end to the appalling situation facing many old people having to sell their homes to pay for that care.
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Great news, you would think. But we believe that this will not necessarily be a generous deal for the elderly.
Why? For a start, the announcement only covers care in a home – not the costs of accommodation or food in that home.
The report by economist Andrew Dilnot recommended a cap on costs at £35,000.
But yesterday that cap was raised to £75,000 and the costs for bed and board could be another £12,500 a year.
The Government has bitten the bullet and we welcome that. But where is the money coming from?
Mostly from inheritance tax. This is where the claims against the government of picking pockets to fund this expensive, but very vital help to the elderly come from.
IN the new world of personalised cards, it is good to see that a Tewkesbury-based company is competing with the big boys (See The Business in today's paper).
The Dogs'DooDahs have invested heavily in television advertising ahead of this Valentine's week to compete with their card rivals, Moonpig and Funky Pigeon.
It's good to see a local company being so innovative with their marketing in the run up to Valentine's Day.
That innovation has meant that the firm has doubled in size and has ambitious plans to double again over the next year.
Let's hope that Valentine's Day success will be the springboard they need.