28 June 2013 Last updated at 19:22
Social care rules aim to end ‘postcode lottery’
The government is attempting to end the “postcode lottery” over care for elderly and disabled people in England.
Under new draft rules all councils in England would have to fund services for those judged to have “substantial” needs, from 2015.
Charities say that threshold is too high and would exclude many people who need help with everyday tasks.
And councils say they want assurances that any extra costs incurred will be fully funded.
Local authorities run social care services, such as home help with washing, eating and dressing or residential care, and decide who they will provide them to and whether they will pay for them.
Little consistencyCouncils can assess people as having “critical”, “substantial”, “moderate” or “low” needs. Only four councils provide care for people in all four categories – 16 councils fund those with “moderate” needs while most, 130, only fund those with “substantial” or “critical” needs.