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Clegg: Government elderly care plan 'a bit of a con'

The Liberal Democrats are unveiling their plans for social care this morning at the Kings Fund. They are proposing a week's break from caring every year to the million unpaid carers who provide more than 50 hours of care each week. The total cost of this scheme will be £460m.

Liberal Democrat leader Nick Clegg explains how carers would receive a "personal budget" equivalent to the cost of a week's residential care, allowing them to take a seven-day holiday or series of smaller breaks while patients are looked after elsewhere or by other people.


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