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The Free Lunch Row

There is a row going on in the blogosphere about whether or not the Lib Dems should have made it clear in the last manifesto that "free personal care" did not include a "free lunch". (or indeed a free dinner).

The reality is that free personal care is an improvement on what happens at the moment. Anyone going into a residential home would have had to pay for their own food in any event. Hence the underlying policy is a clear step forward for the people involved.

There is also a problem where people are having to top up payments for people in residential care. Some of the care may be paid for through means testing, but that does not cover all of the bill and relatives need to find the rest.

Comments

TonyF said…
John, you didn't answer my question earlier. Do wounded soldiers and the families of soldiers killed in these wars get the bonus? It is a serious question. If not, could you ask why?
john said…
I must admit I have assumed that they will. I can, however, ask the question. Can you please chase me via email on this so we can pin it down.

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