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Funding social care: what service users say

Service users often aren't involved in discussions about social care funding, yet they will be most affected by any changes to the current failing system.

Written by:
Peter Beresford
Date published:

In 2009, 18 adult social care service users were brought together to explore proposals for funding social care in the future. This Viewpoint reports their views, including:

  • Service users feel that a false divide between social care and health care is perpetuated by conflicting funding arrangements.
  • Almost all service users consulted think general taxation is the best way to fund social care.
  • Service users reject any withdrawal of existing universal disability benefits, such as the Disability Living Allowance and Attendance Allowance, to fund means and needs tested social care.