Long term care: What happened with the last commission?

4th July 2011

Not only are the poor facing increasing hardship, but even the relatively well off remain incredibly resentful at being forced to sell their homes to pay for care by some local authorities.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Councils Councils argue it is the Government's fault for not grappling with the issue and giving them enough financial support.

Politicians from all sides of the spectrum decide something has to be done about the issue so it is passed to a Commission to come up with recommendations – outside of the everyday rough and tumble of party politics – but the issue remains controversial because after all – someone has to pay it.

The year was 1999 not 2011, the Government was Labour and not a Coalition of Conservatives and Liberal Democrats, and the Commission was led by Sir Stewart Sutherland (now Lord Sutherland) not Andrew Dilnot.

At the heart of Sutherland's deliberations was whether the Government should pay for what was deemed personal care.

Sutherland recommended the government did, but New Labour rejected this –  in England at least – though Scotland embraced the report.

Sutherland, talking to the Guardian last year, ten years after the report, suggested his supposedly ‘unrealistic' recommendations should still apply.

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