Report suggests £35k cap on paying for care

Posted on 04 July 2011

The cost of paying for long term care should be capped at £35,000, an economist tasked with reforming elderly care funding has said.

In a report to be presented to the government today (July 4th), Andrew Dilnot said the state should pay for care costs after people have contributed £35,000, while the income threshold should rise from £23,250 to £35,000.

Additionally, the document recommends creating a national standard to improve access to quality care facilities around the UK.

Mr Dilnot said in his report: "The issue of funding for adult social care has been ignored for too long.

"The current system is confusing, unfair and unsustainable. Individuals are living in fear, worrying about meeting their care costs."

Meanwhile, people in Scotland may soon find themselves paying for care after Lord Sutherland recommended introducing charges for previously free personal care services.

Posted by Nigel Murphy

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