Andy Burnham speaking in the House of Commons
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Andy Burnham challenges funding on social care plans

The elderly and disabled face years of misery because the government has failed in its overhaul of social care, council leaders and campaigners say.

The Local Government Association accused ministers of "papering over the cracks" after they refused to commit to capping the lifetime costs people face.

Last year an official review recommended a limit of £35,000.

But the government said while a cap was the "right basis" for change, it needed more time to look for cheaper options.

Shadow health secretary Andy Burnham said the government's proposals appeared meaningless.

Care plans 'paper over cracks''

  • 11 Jul 2012
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