A cap that fits: the 'capped cost plus' model

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Lloyd, James
Strategic Society Centre
Date of publication
10 September 2013
Social Work, Social Care and Social Services, Disabled people, Older Adults
Social welfare
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The government has committed to implementing reform of care funding in England in April 2016. However, detailed analysis of the ‘capped cost’ reforms suggests they are unlikely to meet any of their objectives:

  • People’s care costs will not be capped;
  • A market in pre-funded care insurance is unlikely to emerge;
  • Rather than providing peace of mind to the population, annual increases in the ‘cap’ may stoke worry and concern.

With less than three years until the reforms are due to be implemented, this report examines in detail the issues facing the ‘capped cost’ model’ and identifies the options for policymakers to fix these problems.

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