Saturday, 3 November 2012

Govt "Unable To Commit" To Capping Care Costs

Government U-Turn On Promise To Cap Care Costs
A rising number of elderly people face losing “almost all of their wealth” to pay for social care, after the Government admitted it was “unable to commit” to a promised reform to the adult social care system.
The report, released this week, depicts a bleak picture of the future, with a growing number of pensioners slipping into poverty as they use up their savings to fund care costs.
An official review of the social care system published last year (the Dilnot report) recommended that the Coalition should introduce a cap of £35,000 on the maximum amount that people have to pay towards a nursing home. This would stop tens of thousands of people having to sell their homes to fund treatment.
Last summer Cameron and Clegg said they would introduce the proposed cap. However, the new report suggests the promise of a cash threshold is quietly being abandoned as this week's report from three government departments - the Department of Health, Department for Work and Pensions and Department for Communities and Local Government - say that the Government is “unable to commit” to the £35,000 cap.
The failure to cap care costs will lead to a growing number of people losing their life savings, the submission adds. Without more state help with care costs, officials believe that the number of older people forced to rely on families and friends will double by 2030. One in 10 people already has to pay more than £100,000 towards their care.

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