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Government rethink their approach on care in old age cap - Turn2us

Guardian news item about social careThe amount of money that people will have to pay towards the cost of their care in old age could still be capped at £35,000. This is according to news reports that suggest that the Government has rethought their approach on this as set out in the Draft Care and Support Bill.

The Dilnot Commission on funding of care and support recommended this limit on the cost to the individual when it published its findings in July 2011. However, ministers, including the health secretary Andrew Lansley, indicated last month that the proposal would not be accepted because of the £2 billion cost to the Treasury.

Now the indications are that plans to introduce this cap have been revived. They will be announced formally in the Autumn as part of a coalition relaunch and be included in a care and support bill.

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Source: Guardian news article (link opens in a new window) and BBC News article (link opens in a new window)

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