Action on Social Care

February 12, 2013 9:34 AM

Local MP Tom Brake has welcomed the Government's fully-funded proposal to address the problem of social care.

The Health Secretary has announced plans to introduce a £75,000 cap on the costs people pay for care and a rise in the threshold for means-tested support from £23,250 to £123,000.

Tom Brake said,

"For far too long, successive Governments have brushed the problem of how to pay for care in older age under the carpet. These changes will make sure no-one is forced to sell their home to pay for social care in their lifetime, and no-one sees their life savings disappear just because they developed the wrong kind of illness".

The proposals follow a Commission into affordable and sustainable funding system or systems for care and support chaired by Andrew Dilnot, who has described the proposals as a 'significant achievement'.

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