Burstow: pensioners will have to pay for their own elderly care

Paul Burstow, the health minister, said he expected a public outcry when detailed plans for the future funding of the social care system in England are announced next week, as he ruled out an NHS-style free national care service for all.

However, the minister suggested that the government would delay a final decision on reforming the social care system, prompting concerns that the issue could yet again be “kicked into the long grass”.

On Monday, a commission led by the economist and broadcaster, Andrew Dilnot, will publish its long-awaited blueprint for funding care and support for elderly and disabled adults.

Mr Dilnot was appointed by ministers to draw up plans for a new system in July last year, two months after the coalition took power, in an attempt to resolve one of the longest-running and most difficult issues facing public policy.

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