“Health Secretary Alan Johnson today launched an intense six month debate about the future shape of care and support services.
A rapidly ageing population means that in 20 years’ time a quarter of the entire adult population will be over 65 and the number of people over 85 will have doubled.
The growth in the number of people with care and support needs will put tremendous pressure both on services and on the financial support that they receive through benefits and other funding streams.
Over the next six months, the government will be asking the public and stakeholders at a series of regional events for their views about care and support to create a new system that:
* Promotes independence, choice and control for everyone who uses the care and support system
* Ensures everyone can receive the high quality care and support they need, and that government support should be targeted at those most in need
* Is affordable for government, individuals and families in the long-term.
Millions of people across the country are involved with providing and using care and support services. This reform is about finding a new way to help people stay active, care for family members, retain maximum dignity and respect and have the best possible quality of life.”
“In a civilised society, we have a moral obligation to ensure that people in need are not left without any care or support. The existing care and support system is not sustainable, because of the impact of changing demographics and expectations in our society. We need to address these challenges now, before their effects are felt on the system and impact on people’s lives.”
“England has a care and support system that helps people to be independent, active and healthy throughout their lives. Because we are all living longer, have different demands and greater expectations, this system needs to change.
The Government wants to hear what you have to say about how we can improve, provide and pay for care and support in the future.”