Lib Dems could back Wanless’ partnership model for care

The Liberal Democrats’ long-standing commitment to free personal care does not preclude people paying for services, its health spokesperson said today.

Steve Webb said the party could back the partnership model, supported by Derek Wanless in his report on long-term funding, in which people would be guaranteed a free, minimum level of care, which they could top up with state assistance.

Wanless drew a distinction between free personal care and the partnership model in his report, which calls into question the Lib Dems’ commitment to one of their flagship policies.

Webb also said his party had abandoned its old laissez-faire approach to the family, saying it supported intervention to support parenting to ensure children’s opportunities were not diminished.

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