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


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

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

But Jackie Doyle-Price told MPs the control would not be “taking forward the previous government’s plans to implement a cap on tribulation costs in 2020”.

Labour’s Barbara Keeley accused the government of wasting things and money.

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In a statement to the Commons, Ms Doyle-Price said there would be a dispose of of “initial engagement over the coming months” to shape the long-term recoveries 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 command unveiled a radically different proposal during the election campaign, which was generally blamed for Theresa May failing to win a majority in the snap election.

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

Ms Doyle-Price said: “The prime diplomat has been clear that the consultation will include proposals to mission a limit on the care costs individuals face.

“To allow for fuller appointment and development of the approach with reforms to the care system and the way it is paid for considered in the in perimeter, we will not be taking forward the previous government’s plans to implement a cap on sadness costs in 2020.”

But shadow health minister Ms Keeley countered: “The minister has today absolutely confirmed what many of us on these benches suspected – that they thinks fitting not be proceeding with their plans to cap care costs by 2020 as legislated by this Descendants.

“This is a shameful waste of taxpayers’ money. Over £1m in today’s spondulix was spent in commissioning the Dilnot review and it is a waste of Parliamentary time legislating that cap.

“And it’s no good for the minister to say that the government are consulting on this cap: they consulted on this during the approximate election and their proposals were rejected by the electorate.”

Former Right-winger minister Sir Desmond Swayne said: “In the absence of provision that I sway make, and indeed Dilnot might have encouraged me to make, is it moderate for me to expect for my social care costs to be paid for by the state, and yet my heirs to receive my substantial housing assets?”

Ms Doyle-Price said in reply: “I think he, in a nutshell, as a matter of fact summarises neatly one of the debates that we have to have in this elbow-room, which is about how we ensure that people can achieve care when they needfulness it and that it will be paid for, whilst at the same time achieving inter-generational fairness.”

Izzi Seccombe, who directorships the Local Government Association’s Community Wellbeing Board, said matured social care faced an annual funding gap of about £2.3bn by 2020.

She hungered the government “to put this right and inject genuinely new money into group care without delay”.

“It was hugely disappointing that the chancellor rest money for the NHS, but nothing for adult social care in the autumn Budget,” she hinted.

“Difficult, brave and possibly even controversial decision-making will be desired to secure the long-term future of care and support, not just of older people but of ages of all ages such as those with learning disabilities, and provide bolstering for carers,” she added.

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