Policy statement on care and support funding reform and legislative requirements

Document type
Briefing
Corporate author(s)
Great Britain. Dept. of Health
Publisher
Department of Health
Date of publication
11 February 2013
Subject(s)
Social Work, Social Care and Social Services, Older Adults, Disabled people
Collection
Social welfare
Material type
Reports

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The government announces new measures for funding care to ensure that the elderly and those with disabilities get the care they need without facing unlimited costs. Currently no cap on care costs exists, leaving many facing vast bills, with almost one in five older people facing costs over £75,000. From 2017, the Government will pay costs over this level. People of working age who develop care needs before retirement will benefit from a lower cap. People who have care needs before they turn 18 will have their cap set at zero. Moreover, in future Government will pay a proportion of residential care costs for people with assets worth up to £123,000, up from the current threshold of £23,000.

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