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How should social care be paid for?

11:31 UK time, Monday, 8 November 2010

A poll commissioned by BBC Radio 4's You and Yours programme and BBC Local Radio, shows that 82% of people don't think it's fair to sell their homes to fund care. What would be a fairer system?

The survey shows many people underestimate the cost of social care, and their chances of needing it. Statistics show that 20% of people will need basic social care costing more than £50,000 over a lifetime, with 5% requiring care costing more than £100,000. You can find out more about the cost of care with the You and Yours care quiz.

Some councils in England fear budget pressures will hit care services. Out of 87 English councils surveyed, 46 said they were concerned about funding for services.

Care includes help with daily tasks such as washing, dressing and cooking. However, more than 40% of people have not made any financial plans for care in their old age.

So what is the fairest way of providing social care? Do you think the social care support is adequate? Are you, or is someone in your family in receipt of social care?

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