Free home care pledge introduced to parliament

A Bill offering free personal home care to those with the highest health needs has been introduced to parliament.

Critics say the number of people who would seek home care when it becomes free has been underestimated.
Critics say the number of people who would seek home care when it becomes free has been underestimated.

Health minister Andy Burnham, announcing the £670m package, said the bill would help people stay independent and live in their own homes for longer.  

‘This Bill is the first significant step towards making our system of care simpler, fairer and more affordable,' he said.  

The Personal Care at Home Bill will guarantee free personal home care for 280,000 people with conditions such as dementia or Parkinson's disease, and will help a further 130,000 to remain independent, by providing equipment and services in the home.

Critics of the scheme, announced in the Queen's speech this month, say the number of people who would seek home care when it becomes free has been underestimated.

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