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Government announces cap on long-term care costs

February 11, 2013

Simon Gillespie, Chair of the Care and Support Alliance responded to the Secretary of State’s statement on proposals for long-term care funding saying;

“Today’s announcement will provide much needed protection for those who face losing everything in the lottery of care costs. Whilst our members had campaigned for a lower level of cap, the £75,000 lifetime limit on care costs will help those with the highest level of care needs over the longest period of time. But many families struggling with care costs will be dismayed by the four year wait from announcement to implementation.

“What is crucial is that the Government does not treat today’s announcement as the end of the story on social care funding. It still needs to urgently address the issue of growing numbers of older and disabled people who despite clear need receive no help. Therein lies the real moral scandal of the social care system. Today’s announcement will mean that no-one will lose everything to care costs, we are now looking for the Government to ensure that no-one will be left to struggle alone with their care needs