Health & Social Care Secretary Sajid Javid has defended the government’s health and social care plans after critics said they would hit those less well off.
Mr Javid told The Andrew Marr Show yesterday that “everyone will be better off” after critics said the proposals would hit people in the north with lower house prices.
The criticism came after changes to a policy paper last week which meant that people receiving financial care support from their local authority would see only the share they contribute towards their care count towards a £86,000 cap.
Critics argue this will mean that poorer people will receive less than expected support and be exposed to significant costs that will eat up more of their assets than wealthier people.
Sir Andrew Dilnot, who made previous care cap proposals, said those with fewer assets would see no benefit from the government’s plans.
Tory MPs in the government’s ‘red wall’ seats in the north have threatened to oppose the plans when they are voted on this week in Parliament.
Responding to Mr Dilnot’s criticism, Mr Javid told The Andrew Marr Show that no-one would have to pay more than £86,000 and people would be protected from “catastrophic costs”.
“What we have also done, which is very different to what Andrew had set out in his original plans, is we’ve got a much more generous means test.
“So what our plans mean, taken together, is that everyone, everyone – doesn’t matter where they live in the country – will be better off under the new proposals that we set out, versus the current system. Everyone will be better off.”