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Sir Merrick Cockell, the chairman of the Local Government Association, said councils from all parties are united in the call for reform.
Sir Merrick, leader of Kensington and Chelsea Council in London, asks the Government to commit to capping the amount people will have to pay for their elderly care and working to ensure it is successfully implemented.
Last year an official commission chaired by the economist Andrew Dilnot recommended that the state should pick up the cost of care beyond £35,000, at an estimated cost to the public purse of less than £2 billion. The LGA letter says the proposal is an expensive but worthy investment.
In his letter to the leaders of all three main political parties, Sir Merrick, leader of Kensington and Chelsea Council in London had suggestions for reforming care for the elderly:
The letter also calls for improved efficiency in reform, including pooled budgets to provide further benefits for individuals.
Sir Merrick Cockell, the chairman of the Local Government Association, warned about the consequences if there was a failure to reform care for the elderly, in a letter to the Conservative, Liberal Democrat and Labour parties:
Failing to reach an agreement soon on how to pay for care for the elderly could set a long-term solution back years, the letter cautioned.
Failure to reform care for the elderly could force the closure of parks, libraries and public toilets as resources are diverted to "plug the gap" in care funding, the leaders of every major council in England and Wales have warned.
In a letter to the leaders of all three main political parties, local government bosses have urged politicians to commit to reforming funding, saying any loss of momentum would be "dangerous".
The letter, written by Sir Merrick Cockell, the chairman of the Local Government Association, which speaks for almost 400 councils in England and Wales, warns lack of action would exacerbate problems of an "already over-stretched" care system and would have a knock-on effect to other services.