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Support for cap on care costs at record high, research finds

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Capping care costs is the most favoured option for the long-term funding of care, new research has found.

The research by care finance specialist, Just Group, shows that three-fifths (58%) of the over 45s support the idea of a cap, which was proposed by the Dilnot Commission in 2011. Additionally, two-thirds (65%) of the over 75s support the idea.

Stephen Lowe, group communications director at Just Group, said: “Funding social care has been a perennial problem that’s dogged governments for decades now. Despite all the talk about solving the care crisis and delivering a sustainable policy the public has seen precious little progress in the last 20 years. This government doesn’t appear to be breaking the mould as yet another delay was quietly slipped out in the House of Lords last week.

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“While the coronavirus pandemic has been the focus of attention for the Prime Minister and the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, they cannot kick the can down the road for much longer.

“These findings demonstrate that support for a model that shares cost between the individual and the state has reached its highest level since we started running the research in 2014. The public recognises they will have to make some contribution to the cost of care but they also want some certainty on how much that will be – and, quite rightly, are looking to the government to make that clear.”

The survey also found little public confidence that the Prime Minister would honour his pledge to fix social care in this Parliament with only 43% of people who voted Conservative in the last General Election agreeing this would happen and only a third (35%) thinking he can put that social care policy into practice.

Additionally, just 3% of Labour and Liberal Democrat voters are confident in Mr Johnson’s ability to produce a policy, and 2% among both parties’ voter base believe he will implement it this Parliament.

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