House of Lords written question – answered on 18th July 2012.
To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they will take to ensure that cross-party talks resume concerning the funding of long-term care for the elderly.
The Government have always been clear about the importance of achieving a long-term consensus on reform of the funding system for adult social care.
As set out in the progress report on funding, the Government agree with the principles of the Dilnot recommendations and intend to base a new funding model on these principles if a way to pay for it can be found. Given the size of the structural deficit and the economic situation we face, it is right that the final decision is considered alongside other priorities at the Spending Review.
The progress report sets out some key implementation questions that the Government now want to consider with the care sector. We will engage with stakeholders to explore options for what shape a reformed system could take. We very much hope that the Official Opposition will continue to play a part in this engagement with the objective of achieving shared consensus on social care funding reform.
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