BREAKING NEWS: Tories outline social care plans in election manifesto

The Conservatives today pledged to raise the asset threshold from which people have to pay for their elderly care from £23,250 to £100,000 in their General Election manifesto.

Proposals also include removing the planned £72,000 cap on care costs in 2020.

The Tories also pledged to bring the means test for people receiving domiciliary care in line with that of residential care by including the value of homes with other assets and income.

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Sir Philip Dilnot, whose report to the Coalition Government proposed a £35,000 cap on care costs, told BBC Radio 4’s Today progamme:  “The disappointment about these proposals is that they fail to tackle the biggest problem of all in social care: there is nothing that you can do to protect yourself against care costs.

“People will be left helpless, knowing that what will happen if they are unlucky enough to suffer the need for care costs, is that they will be entirely on their own until they are down to their last £100,000 of all of their wealth, including their house.”

To read the Tory manifesto click here.

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