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Michelle Mitchell for Age Concern and Help the Aged, says, “We welcome the Government's staged approach to reforming the care system‚ its commitment to give free care to those most in need and free care to those in residential settings after two years. The idea of a National Care Service sounds fantastic. Almost everyone can agree with the principle of a new system that guarantees more flexible support‚ earlier help and clear national entitlements rather than a postcode lottery of unmet needs.  But if it isn't adequately funded‚ the vision of a new national care service cannot be delivered and will ultimately fail the most vulnerable people in our communities. Ministers must say how much it will all cost and how they plan to plug the immediate £1.75 billion black hole in social care funding expected to open up within the next two years.”     Long term care: News update: 31 March 2010   Related links Find out more about long term care insurance   What is long term care?   Enquire about long term care insurance