The Guardian (p7) reports that it is unclear whether the errors are due to negligence or confusion over the regulations on long-term care funding which changed two years ago.
Fay Wright of the Age Concern Institute of Gerontology, who carried out the research, said: 'Spouses whose partners enter residential or nursing homes seem especially prone to unfair treatment.
'Liability to contribute towards their partner's care is being interpreted in different ways, not only by different councils but also by different social workers under the same authority.'
'There must be clarity and equity in processes for deciding how much
people have to contribute towards paying for their own care. National
criteria are essential if older people and their families are to be able to plan ahead effectively. The Community Care Bill (residential
accommodation) Bill currently going through the Lords and the work of
the Royal Commission will play key roles in creating this. But unless
there are measures taken immediately today's pensioners will lose out.
Above all older people need peace of mind.'