Press comment: Social care expenditure highlights crumbling system

If you’re covering today’s figures on social care expenditure please see the following comment from Tracy Crookes, financial planner at Quilter:

“While it is unsurprising the cost of social care is going up, the more worrying trend is the figure that the number of people receiving long term care has dropped. This is despite the fact the number of requests has increased to an extra 195 per day. This is not just a statistic, however. These are elderly people desperately in need of long-term support being turned away because the system is broken.

“Navigating the current social care system is overwhelming complex, made worse that the people who have to navigate it are generally already overwhelmed with numerous emotional and financial difficulties. The means test for care has many nuances, for instance the type of assets held by an individual and the type of care needed significantly affect eligibility. If an individual needs care at home, the value of their house is not counted towards their assets. If they need care in a care home, the value of the home is included (unless, for example, a spouse is living in that home).

“The level of complexity means there is room for interpretation by local authorities and given they are cash-strapped they may be taking a hard line. But their assessments are not always right. In fact the figures from the Ombudsman show if you challenge their decision there is a high likelihood the decision will go in your favour. Going through the hassle can be time-consuming but it is worth it to get the funding from the state that you deserve. 

“Despite the clear problems we still have not seen any concrete solutions presented by the government on how they plan to fix it. This ultimately means that family and friends are left to pick up the pieces and millions of unpaid carers are propping up the system. Many have to forgo their own financial and personal wellbeing in order to do just that. This is a crisis that is reverberating throughout many corners of the economy.

“A financial adviser can help, in particular one that holds a qualification in long term care and later life planning as they will be used to negotiating the complexities.” 

For more information contact

Kathleen Gallagher
023 8072 6293 
07990 004932
kathleen.gallagher@quilter.com 

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