Dilnot report 'does not consider all aspects of paying for care'

Posted on 05 July 2011

Andrew Dilnot's report on paying for care does not take into account the expense associated with finding a care home, the Consumer Credit Counselling Service (CCCS) has said.

Mr Dilnot's report recommends placing a cap of £35,000 on the cost of care in later life, with the government providing the rest of the funding after this amount has been paid.

However, the CCCS raised concerns that the proposals do not consider the accommodation costs of moving into a residential or nursing home.

"It is important that older people are able to access the care they need, and that a new and sustainable system of funding is put in place to allow this to happen," said Delroy Corinaldi, CCCS director of external affairs.

"However, the large debts that many people carry into old age must also be taken into account."

Michelle Mitchell of Age UK has urged the government to adopt the Dilnot recommendations as soon as possible.

Posted by Nigel Murphy

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