Bridget Phillipson MP, is supporting calls by Age UK Sunderland for the Government to reform the care system for older and disabled people so that everyone receives the care they need to "live with respect and dignity".
Latest research shows that a place in a care home can typically cost more than £20,000 a year, well above the average pensioner’s income, and anyone with assets of more than £23,250 faces footing the bills themselves. If their savings run out, they can be forced to put their property on the market.
Age UK aim to collect 100,000 signatures by March 1, when they will deliver the petition to the Government ahead of the planned White Paper on the future of long-term care.
To sign up to Age UK’s petition click here.
Commenting in support of Age UK, Bridget said:
“There is an ever pressing need for reform, especially as care charges continue to rise.
“Everyone deserves dignity and respect in old age.
“It’s vital that we make sure our older residents get all the support they need, without the worry of financial hardship.”