Three quarters of us are likely to need some form of social care during our retirement, and thousands of younger disabled people are already requiring social care, according to a recent White Paper. Many thousands of others are affected in their role as a carer.
Radio 4's Care in the UK season looks at the costs of care and asks who should pay. Listen to the latest Care in the UK updates below.
Care in the UK 08/11/2010
Andrew Dilnot the man tasked with cracking the problem of how we pay for social care joins us for the launch of Care in the UK 2010. We are joined by Lord Lipsey, who sat on the 1997 Royal Commission on social care, Richard Jones President ADASS which represents directors of social care in England, and Agnes Fletcher from the disability charity RADAR. BBC Social Affairs Correspondent Gillian Hargreaves fills in the political history and Julian Worricker speaks to people currently receiving care. And we have the results of a You and Yours/ BBC Local Radio Poll which reveals just how much we know about care.
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Details of organisations who can provide expert advice on the provision of care in the UK.
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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?
Read what our audience had to say. Note: this thread is now closed.
Have your Say: How should social care be paid for?.
On Tuesday 23rd November 5 Live's morning phone in programme – Your Call – asked, why do we treat the elderly so badly?
Your Call: Why do we treat the elderly so badly?
Care in the UK 2008: In January 2008 You and Yours took a month long look at the world of social care.
Care of the Elderly: Jon Manel has compiled a series of special reports for the Today programme based on listener's stories and your concerns.
Living Longer: A special report by BBC local radio on the problems of an ageing population.
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