Health secretary Jeremy Hunt has said people in their 20s and 30s should save for their elderly care in the same way that they put aside money for their pensions.
Mr Hunt who has faced criticism in recent days for failing to acknowledge the social care funding crisis said one in four people will pay more than £100,000 for care while others will contribute nothing, the Metro reported.
“It needs to be a normal and automatic thing for everyone to do and we need to make sure there is a proper safety net for those who haven’t been able to do that,” he added.
Simon Bottery of Independent Age accused Mr Hunt of “chasing a mirage in expecting large numbers of people to voluntarily save for their future social care costs”.
In further news, Simon Stevens, CEO of NHS England, told a House of Lords committee on health funding that care homes “must be at the front of the queue” for funding, adding the government may have to introduce compulsory insurance or a social care tax.
Mr Stevens commented: “Social care should be front of the queue. The knock-on consequences of deteriorating social care funding, not only for vulnerable people, but also in hospitals, is now unarguable.”