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November 1, 2010

Volunteers Could Earn 'Care Credits' For Helping Others (UK)



30 October 2010

People who volunteer to help the elderly or disabled could earn time credits which they could then redeem for their own care later in life.
The system already operates in Japan and the government is now considering whether it could also work in the UK.
Care Services Minister Paul Burstow said it could help vulnerable people maintain their independence.
Charities said they welcomed moves to get more people volunteering, but care in old age was a right not a reward.
Prime Minister David Cameron has said that increased volunteering is key to his idea of the Big Society.
'Time Account'
In Japan, the system, called Hureai Kippu, was established in 1991 and has been expanding ever since as a way of helping to manage the country's rapidly ageing population.
Literally translated as "Caring Relationship Tickets", it allows a volunteer to "bank" the hours they spend helping an elderly or disabled person in their personal Time Account.
Different values apply to different kinds of tasks. For instance, more credit it given for helping at antisocial hours or with personal body care. Household chores and shopping command less.





SOURCE:    BBC, UK




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