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Long-term Care Commission

Asked about the Long-Term Care Commission, the Prime Minister’s Spokesman (PMS) said that the Commission’s chair and its terms of reference had been announced today. The PMS added that the Commission would look at the best way to meet care and support costs, how to protect individuals’ assets against the cost of care and how public funding for the care and support system could be best used to meet needs.

The PMS explained that the Commission would report back within a year on their options. The PMS said that the Government’s position on this was clear but that it would not clip the wings of the Commission, which would look at various options, including voluntary schemes and partnership models of funding.

Asked why the Government didn’t just make a decision on long-term care the PMS replied that the Government wanted to look at the various options.

Asked about the terms of reference of the Commission and whether they meant that individuals would make a contribution, the PMS replied that she would not preclude the outcomes of the report. The PMS also referred to the Coalition Document, which set out that the Coalition would look at both voluntary insurance schemes and partnership models of funding. She added that the Government wouldn’t want to constrain the Commission from considering other options such as compulsory schemes.

Asked whether it would be a waste of money to get a Commission to investigate something that had been ruled out by the Government already, the PMS replied that the Government needed to find a way of funding long-term care as the population got older.

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