David Cameron is planning to introduce a cap on the amount of money people will have to pay towards the cost of their care in later life by 2017, it was reported this morning (Thursday 16 August).
It is expected that the revised plans will follow recommendations made in the Dilnot report to cap the amount of money individuals pay for their care at £35,000, with the Government paying the difference. It is also anticipated that the current means tested threshold will rise from £23,250 to £100,000.
Details of the new scheme are yet to be announced.
Alzheimer’s Society comment:
‘If David Cameron decides to follow the Dilnot recommendations, it could end the extortionate costs some people currently pay for care. However, we need meat on the bones of these proposals before we can say for sure what a difference they will make.
‘We also need to ensure short term measures are put in place between now and 2017, to prevent any more vulnerable people, including the thousands with dementia, from falling victim to the crumbling social care system. There are currently 800,000 people living with dementia in the UK, and in the next five years this is set to increase. We need action now.’
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