Tories to scrap social care cap

Health Minister Jackie Doyle-Price has told MPs the Government plans to scrap a £72,500 cap on social care costs.

The care costs cap was one of the proposals developed by the Dilnot Commission in 2011.

Ms Doyle-Price said the Government would not be “taking forward the previous Government’s plans to implement a cap on care costs in 2020”, the BBC reported.

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The Health Minister said the Government would be conducting an “initial engagement over the coming months” on long-term reforms that are to be included in the Green Paper, which is to be published next year (see Social care paper scheduled for summer 2018).

Ms Doyle-Price said: “The Prime Minister has been clear that the consultation will include proposals to place a limit on the care costs individuals face.

“To allow for fuller engagement and development of the approach with reforms to the care system and the way it is paid for considered in the round, we will not be taking forward the previous government’s plans to implement a cap on care costs in 2020.”

Cllr Izzi Seccombe, Chairman of the LGA’s Community Wellbeing Board, said: “We continue to support a cap on care costs but the most urgent priority remains funding the system adequately now before implementing any wider reforms.

“We estimate adult social care faces an annual funding gap of £2.3 billion by 2020. It was hugely disappointing that the Chancellor found money for the NHS but nothing for adult social care in the Autumn Budget.

“Fundamental changes to the way we fund adult social care are needed if we are to deliver a long-term sustainable system that works for everyone in society and meets their needs with safe and high-quality services. That is why cross-party consensus on a way forward is so important.

“Difficult, brave and possibly even controversial decision-making will be required to secure the long-term future of care and support, not just of older people, but adults of all ages, such as those with learning disabilities, and provide support for carers.”

 

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