The Social Policy and Research Unit at the University of York, England, recently issued two reports comparing reforms being taken in some countries to provide for care and support for older and disabled people.

The two reports, Reforming Long-Term Care: Recent Lessons from Other Countries and Care Provision within Families and its Socio-Economic Impact on Care Providers across the European Union can be found on the SPRU website.

The recent reforms show wide spread commitment to universal provision of care for everyone with similar levels of disabilty, regardless of age or income.  They also show that modest increases in contributions to long-term care insurance schemes are politically feasible, as people are aware of the future benefits to themselves.    In all the countries examined, central government plays a major role in ensuring fairness.