Action needed to save informal carers from poverty

The Dilnot Commission was established by the government in July 2010 to make recommendations on the funding system for formal social care in England. It will report in the summer, and a white paper is expected by the end of the year. Yet the Commission seems not to be considering what is by far the most important (and under-funded) aspect of care delivery in this country; informal care provision by family and friends.

It is hard to imagine a fair and sustainable care funding settlement that does not address – and indeed radically improve – the state’s “offer” to informal carers. The numbers involved are staggering.

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Image: Mark Adkins