£72,500 social care cap to be scrapped, MPs told

From BBC - December 7, 2017

A 72,500 cap on social care costs due to come into effect in England will be scrapped, a health minister says.

The proposed cap on an individual's care costs was developed following the recommendations of the Dilnot commission in 2011.

But Jackie Doyle-Price told MPs the government would not be "taking forward the previous government's plans to implement a cap on care costs in 2020".

Labour's Barbara Keeley accused the government of wasting time and money.

In a statement to the Commons, Ms Doyle-Price said there would be a process of "initial engagement over the coming months" to shape the long-term reforms which will be set out in a green paper next year.

The cap recommended by the Dilnot commission was put into an Act of Parliament, but the government unveiled a radically different proposal during the election campaign, which was widely blamed for Theresa May failing to win a majority in the snap election.

They have since announced a fresh consultation on the future system of social care for older people, due to be published next summer.


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