Care (Older People)

Part of the debate – in Westminster Hall at 10:59 am on 6th September 2011.

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Photo of Tracey Crouch Tracey Crouch Conservative, Chatham and Aylesford 10:59 am, 6th September 2011

I am suggesting that we need to look at various ways to fund care in future. I believe that a market exists for this type of care insurance. There are people who can afford to take out such insurance, but they do not necessarily know that there are products out there that could prevent them from having to fall back on the state. For example, they could afford to take out a premium. It may be a hefty premium at the outset, but it could prevent them from draining all the assets from their home and then relying on state funding for residential care. Such insurance policies are certainly an option that we should look at, and indeed Dilnot himself looks at the financial services sector as one that could relieve some of the burden on state funding.