I have just signed the petition today. I agree with Ginny's comments, but hope this won't detract too much from the underlying argument. Let's do what we can to correct this unfair system. Only another 58 signatures needed. I hope this post gives this very worthwhile cause a well-deserved push to the finishing line!I've signed the petition and wholeheartedly support the campaign though I'm angered and dismayed by some of the comments on the petition page such as:
My dad is a self funder and paying a fortune he worked from 15 till retirement and paid all his taxes etc now he is still paying and receiving the same care as those who have never lifted a finger . This system is so unfair. It needs to be changed .
Of course the system's unfair and needs to be changed, but why denigrate those who, for whatever reason, lack the resources for self-funding? The idea that they 'never lifted a finger' is profoundly offensive towards people like my father who served in the war and paid taxes all his life, as is the suggestion in other comments that LA-supported residents pay nothing towards their fees when of course they pay all their income less 'spending money'. The only reason my father isn't self-funding is that my mother still lives in their house - and now has to claim pension credit because she's lost his income.
I appreciate that the petition itself is quite clear in simply wanting to end the indefensible discrepancy between the fees paid by self-funders and LAs; what a shame some of those commenting can't focus on this instead of making stupid and grossly unfair judgements on others.