The Government’s Spending Review - What it means for Older P

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The Government’s Spending Review - What it means for Older P

Postby gardenlaw » Tue Nov 02, 2010 9:51 am

This will be of interest. It is from Solicitors for the Elderly

The Government’s Spending Review - What it means for Older People• The state pension age for men is to start rising from 65 in 2018 - six years earlier than planned and reaching 66 by 2020. The rise in retirement age for women will also accelerate reaching 66 by 2020. The measures combined will save £5bn a year.
• Following election pledges, winter fuel allowance, free bus passes and TV licences for 75-year-olds are protected.
• Pension credit savings award is frozen for four years.
• Additional investment to support social care, rising to £2 billion per year by 2014-15, through the NHS and local government, to break down the barriers between health and social care.
• It will no longer require Primary Care Trusts to deliver hard copies of ‘Your guide to NHS services’ to every household. This will generate total savings of £1.5 million to £2.5 million over four years.
• The health service has been ordered to find £1bn a year by the end of the parliament to help social care services that overlap the NHS, such as rehabilitation care after discharge from hospital.
Some programmes announced by the previous Government but not yet implemented will not be taken forward at this stage, including:
• Expanding free prescription entitlements to people with long-term conditions;
• One to one nursing for cancer patients and a one-week wait for cancer diagnostics, however the Government will set out its review of the Cancer Reform Strategy this winter.
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