Winners and Losers: Assessing the Distributional Effects of Long-Term Care Funding Regimes

Hancock, Ruth and Juarez-Garcia, Ariadna and Comas-Herrera, Adelina and King, Derek and Malley, Juliette and Pickard, Linda and Wittenberg, Raphael (2007) Winners and Losers: Assessing the Distributional Effects of Long-Term Care Funding Regimes. Social Policy and Society, 6 (3). pp. 379-396. ISSN 1474-7464. (The full text of this publication is not available from this repository)

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Abstract

Using two linked simulation models, we examine the public expenditure costs and distributional effects of potential reforms to long-term care funding in the UK. Changes to the means tests for user contributions to care costs are compared with options for the abolition of these means tests (‘free’ personal care). The latter generally cost more than the former and benefit higher income groups more than those on lower incomes (measuring income in relation to the age-specific income distribution). Reforms to the means tests target benefits towards those on lower incomes. However, the highest income group are net losers if free personal care is financed by a higher tax rate on higher incomes and the effect on the whole population considered.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: H Social Sciences
Divisions: Faculties > Social Sciences > School of Social Policy Sociology and Social Research > Personal Social Services Research Unit
Depositing User: Suzanne Duffy
Date Deposited: 31 Jul 2008 20:48
Last Modified: 30 May 2014 09:04
Resource URI: http://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/12619 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
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