Councils may seize homes to pay for care

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Elderly people may have their homes seized by the council after the government abandoned a pledge to cap charges for residential care.

Local authorities have placed legal ‘charges’ on the homes of elderly who are in care which mean they can be seized following the death of their owners to pay off any debts, according to The Times.

Liberal Democrat MP Norman Lamb said: “It is grossly unfair that if you have dementia and need care that everything you have worked for, including your house must be used to pay for the costs.”

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Under the deferred payment agreement (DPA) elderly people can sell their home to local authorities to pay for their care.

Preliminary NHS Digital figures show 55 councils had DPAs in place, equivalent to a value of £72.4m.

In their last manifesto, the Conservatives pledged to cap charges for residential care at £72,000 from April this year.

The government subsequently announced it was postponing the policy until 2020.

Around half of the 400,000 elderly people living in care homes are self-funding or selling their home or using a DPA.

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