Care vouchers would not support integration and would make paying for care even more complex than it currently is. It's not the long-term solution that older and disabled people and their families desperately need.
Back in 2010 the coalition government asked Andrew Dilnot to lead a commission on care funding. He duly reported in 2011 with his proposals including a cap on the cost of care. The government - rightly in my opinion - then in 2015 decided not to implement the cap, set at £72,000, and 'postponed' its implementation until 2020.
There is a common refrain in the care sector: we need a cross-party commission/agreement to tackle the care crisis. There
Rather than living on a legacy, now is the time to start building a protection market which is fit for purpose in the 21st century.
A group of more than 60 government advisors, charity directors and independent experts have signed a letter to today's Daily Telegraph demanding radical reform to care and home help services.
When we look to reform the care system in this country, we find ourselves at a quite intolerable starting point. Age UK reported in June of this year that spending on adult and social care had risen by just 0.1% in real terms between 2004 and 2010.
Offering a better deal for family care would help make the case for higher spending on social care.
Who should pay for supporting us as we grow old and need care? That was the subject of a Government review headed by Andrew Dilnot that was published this week. The response has been almost unanimously positive, and in some areas, quite rightly.