Fiona Murphy asks industry commentators what they lobbied for in the long-term care consultation and for an update on the passage of the Care Bill.
The question of long-term care funding may more or less be stuck in limbo until the Care Bill has passed, but that does not mean the industry has stopped lobbying or talking about how the reforms can best be implemented.
The Care Bill has finally reached the House of Commons for its first reading. Meanwhile, interested parties responded to a government consultation, entitled Caring for our future: consultation on reforming what and how people pay for their care and support.
So what do campaigners, providers and interested parties want to see in the final Care Bill and what did they advocate in the consultation?
One of the most interesting elements likely to be pushed further in upcoming legislation, is greater use of the deferred payment scheme, to help people meet their care fees.
Such schemes are already operational but to date such schemes have had almost zero awareness or recognition, and as a result, little take-up.
The way it works is that the local authority will put a charge (similar to a mortgage) on the care home resident's property. They then pay the residential care fees in full. The resident is assessed to see whether they're able to pay a weekly charge to the authority.
Repayment of the money borrowed is deferred until the property is sold or the resident dies. However, commentators are concerned about what the widespread use of such a scheme.
An ambitious objective
'Something completely new'
'Illusion of control'
Reasons to be cheerful
Total investment reaches £9m