Social care: MPs to debate plan for cap on care costs
Health / Mon 22nd Nov 2021 at 06:56am
MPs will debate new details of the government’s social care cap later, which charities have warned will hit poorer people the hardest reports the BBC.
The government published an amendment to its plans last week, saying support payments from councils would not count towards the £86,000 limit on personal care costs.
Labour said it was a “con” and called on Tory MPs to help them vote it down.
But the health secretary said “everyone would be better off” thanks to the cap.
The cap on personal care costs is a central element of the government’s plans to change how adult social care in England is funded.
From October 2023, the idea is that no one will pay more than £86,000 over their lifetime for personal care, such as washing, dressing and eating.
Once people have reached this cap, ongoing costs for personal care will be paid for by local authorities.
Money spent on living costs – such as food, energy bills and accommodation – would not count towards the limit.
The threshold for getting some council support to pay for costs will also be made more generous, with people with assets up to £100,000 able to qualify, rather than £23,250 currently.