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Government denies reported ‘u-turn’ on care costs bill

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The government has denied a report it is preparing to climb down on controversial plans to change the way people pay for their care.

A spokesman said a report in The Guardian which said the government was preparing to change legislation that would mean means-tested contributions will not count towards a £86,000 care costs cap was “categorically incorrect”.

The Guardian has published analysis showing that homeowners in the poorest parts of England would lose three times more of their housing wealth to pay for their social care than people in the most affluent areas.

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The plans have been met with strong opposition from Labour and some Tory MPs with the government narrowly winning a Commons vote last week.

Senior government figures were reported to have said the plans would be altered before they return to the House of Lords in the New Year.

Responding to the report, a Department of Health and Social Care spokesperson said: “This is categorically incorrect. Our reforms mean that for the first time in history, people will be protected against unlimited and catastrophic costs when paying for care.

“We are introducing a significant increase in state support to help people with their social care costs, ensuring they have greater certainty over what they need to pay and receive higher quality care.”

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