The BBC has revealed that public spending
on care for the elderly and disabled is much higher in Scotland and Wales than England.
In England, £310 per person is spent each year on services such as care homes and home help for daily tasks such as washing and dressing.
But in Scotland, £445 is spent, 43% more than in England, and in Wales it is £414, 33% more.
The analysis has been produced by the Health Foundation using official spending and population data. The think-tank said the differences were “huge” and had a major impact on the care that could be provided by councils to these vulnerable groups.
Care spending is likely to be a significant factor in this given it accounts for more than half of local authority budgets. Ministers in England have promised that new plans for care, including funding, will be published soon.
In England, anyone with assets of over £23,250 has to pay the full cost of their care. But in Scotland personal care, such as help washing and dressing, is provided free to everyone assessed as being entitled to care. In Wales the cost of help in the home is capped, currently at £90 a week.
This is a disgrace, but where is the will for equality for England? Not among this current bunch of self-serving elected politicians, that’s for sure!