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Labour MP: Real money needed to avoid elderly care 'crash'

In response to Liberal Democrat MP Paul Burstow's call for winter fuel payment curbs to help fund elderly care costs, Labour MP Paul Flynn tweeted:

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Why didn't Paul Burstow insist on cutting winter fuel allowance when he was a Minister? Today's cynical stunt aimed at embarrassing PM?

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Real money needed to avoid train crash of elderly care. Best is to end punching above weight that mean war spending beyond our interests.

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Military costs in Afghanistan = £17bn enough to avoid cutting Fuel Allowance for decade. Afghan peace dividend to be squandered on new wars?

Funding cap will help 'broken social care system'

Currently, elderly people in England have to contribute to their own care costs if they have savings of more than £23,000.

The Centre Forum report suggests the costs could be met by ending the universal entitlement to winter fuel payment and granting it only to those receiving pension credit.

The report calls for an overhaul of the elderly social care system

The report said:

"The Government needs to be clear in its message that a reformed capped funding system is the most appropriate way of dealing with a broken social care system, a crisis that has lasted over 10 years.

"The Treasury needs to grasp the 'best opportunity in a decade' provided by the Dilnot Commission, the goodwill expressed by the financial services industry and by care providers.

"Most importantly it should pay heed to the views of thousands of people who risk losing their entire life's work through having to pay for unexpected and unlimited care costs."

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Winter fuel payment 'an anomaly in our welfare system'

Former care minister, Lib Dem MP Paul Burstow, has called for means-tested winter fuel payments to help pay for elderly care costs

Writing in the Guardian, he said the current system is an "unfair lottery that leaves the exposed to huge care costs".

The winter fuel payment is an anomaly in our welfare system.

By earmarking this money for something else we stop those funds disappearing into the Treasury coffers and divert them into the pockets of older people in desperate need of care.

If we are serious about sorting out the biggest unaddressed social issue of our time, the money has to come from somewhere. This is the fairest way to get "something for something" instead of something for nothing. After all, I'm making these proposals because I want end the care lottery that sees people lose their assets, their homes and their dignity.

MP calls for winter fuel payments cut to fund elderly care

The majority of pensioners should see their winter fuel allowance cut to help fund a reformed system of care for the elderly, a former minister said.

Liberal Democrat MP Paul Burstow has said only the poorest of pensioners should receive the benefit and savings could help pay for a fairer system of state support for elderly care.

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New report suggest elderly care costs could be met by ending the universal entitlement to winter fuel payments Credit: Katie Collins/PA Wire

In a report by the Centre Forum think-tank, the former care minister, said the move would help meet the cost of implementing the findings of the Dilnot Commission, which proposed capping the amount individuals have to pay for care during their lifetime.

He suggested setting the cap at £60,000, higher than the £35,000 proposed by the Dilnot Commission, saving the taxpayer up to £1.5 billion a year.

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