'Shaping the future of care together' green paper
Shaping the future of care together aimed to set out a vision for a new National Care Service and began the 'big care debate with the public'. The document detailed six things that everyone should be able to expect from the system, namely:
- receiving the right support to stay independent and well for as long as possible
- having the right to be assessed in the same way and receive the same proportion of entitlements regardless of location
- experiencing joined-up services
- understanding and being able to navigate the system
- receiving services based on personal circumstances
- assurances that money would be spent wisely to fund a fair and sustainable service, with eligible users receiving the right financial support.
Three main funding options for consultation were also set out in the strategy:
- a partnership arrangement, where individuals would be supported with a quarter or a third of costs if they had a low income
- an insurance system where, in addition to the partnership approach, government would support people to take out insurance to cover any remaining costs
- a comprehensive system, where everyone would receive free care and support services, regardless of need, in exchange for paying contributions into a state insurance scheme.
Shaping the future of care together.