Ministers consider help for elderly deemed ‘not sick enough’ for care

11 Jan

Benefit tales

Councils would fund extra support for frail elderly people under new proposals

Hundreds of thousands of frail elderly people deemed not sick enough to qualify for care could still get some state-funded help under new proposals being considered by ministers.

Care minister Norman Lamb said the reforms of the social care system currently before Parliament do not go far enough and risk leaving thousands of vulnerable elderly and disabled people without the help they need.

He said the overhaul could create a system in which large numbers of people are effectively told “to go away and get sicker” before they could expect any help.

He told The Telegraph that he has ordered officials at the Department of Health to draw up plans for further changes and a “more sophisticated” approach.

It follows warnings from charities that large numbers of elderly and disabled people could be shut out of the care…

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