Saga response to OECD care report: a lot going on, but nothing actually happening

Monday 23 May 2011

Saga response to OECD care report: a lot going on, but nothing actually happening

Commenting on the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) report that says Britain faces one of the biggest elderly care bills in the industrialised world, the Dr Ros Altmann, Director-General of over 50s lifestyle group Saga, said:

“There are some big political and financial ‘told-you-so’s’ out there, but nobody wants care to be one of them.

“Saga deals with a sector of the population, the over 50s, which numbers 21 million people – many of whom are touched by the issue of later-life care, whether needing it or providing it. We work continuously with carers and the families of those who need care, and we have our finger firmly on the financial pulse of the country as it affects the elderly.

“We’ve been saying for years that there’s simply no money for care in later life. Families aren’t or can’t save for it, local authorities are slashing budgets for it, and so far as the government is concerned there seems to be an awful lot going on but nothing actually happening.

“Positive findings or recommendations from the Dilnot Commission into care funding cannot come soon enough.”

-ENDS-

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