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Sussex residents who have long suffered a post code lottery in funding for long-term care are being urged to contribute to the government’s national consultation on the subject. Cate Searle, a community care solicitor at Brighton’s Martin Searle Solicitors, believes the consultation is the best opportunity local people have to express their opinions and get the system changed.

As one of only a few firms with a Legal Services Commission community care law Specialist Quality Mark, Cate Searle sees many local people who are experiencing severe problems getting the NHS continuing care funding they need.

She says: “The prime minister has admitted what local people have known for a long time - the current adult social care system needs major reform. I see the problems in the system everyday through my work and I will certainly be bringing these to the attention of this long overdue consultation. But my experience of the system as a professional trying to solve service-users’ problems is only half of the picture. I believe it is vital that as many service-users as possible have their views heard.”

Launched in May, the consultation is due to complete by the end of the year with a Green Paper expected in 2009. People can contribute their views online and register to attend regional meetings at

The Prime Minister has suggested that the future care model will be based on early intervention to help people in their own homes and reduce the number of admissions into care homes. He also wants to see better collaboration between the NHS and social care, which currently causes problems for many people and their families.

For FREE FACTSHEETS on accessing continuing healthcare funding visit

For further information contact Cate Searle on 01273 609911 or email her at

Notes to editors:

Based in the heart of Brighton, Martin Searle Solicitors is committed to providing affordable community care law advice and social services advice relating to all services in the community care service. This includes needs assessments, waiting lists and eligibility, charges and funding, accommodation, respite care, hospital discharge, care in the home and service reduction.

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