Prime Minister Gordon Brown has pledged universal personal care for those with the ‘highest needs’
Addressing the Labour Party Conference, Mr Brown announced that a ‘national care service’ would provide home care for those with the hightest need, regardless of personal circumstance. Under the current system, state assistance is not provided to anyone with over £23,500 in savings.
The national care service would be provided by the NHS and local authorities, and aims to help the most frail members of society, including the elderly.
Mr Brown told the coference that the aim was “to help the elderly to get the amenities to do what they want most to do: to receive care and to stay in their own homes as long as possible”.
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