08 March 2017

Social care green paper will prolong the 'decades of dithering' on social care -Steve Webb, Royal London

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Steve Webb - Director of Policy

Steve Webb

Director of Policy, Royal London

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Commenting on the announcement of a Green Paper on social care funding, Steve Webb, policy director at Royal London, said:

A Green Paper will simply prolong the decades of dithering on how to fund social care. We have had twenty years of reviews and commissions. What was needed was political courage to implement a system which protects all families from potentially huge care costs and stimulates a market in care insurance for those who want greater security. The Government should commit now to implement the Dilnot proposals without further delay.

Note: Previous major reports on long-term care funding include:

  • March 1999: “Royal Commission on long-term care for the elderly”
  • March 2006: Wanless review: “Securing good care for older people”
  • July 2011: Dilnot Commission: “Commission on Funding of Care and Support”

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Steve Webb, Director of Policy, Royal London

About Royal London:

Royal London is the largest mutual life, pensions and investment company in the UK, with funds under management of £117 billion, 8.8 million policies in force and 3,745 employees. Figures quoted are as at 30 June 2018.