The government is today expected to announce a fundamental shake-up in the way care home costs for the elderly are paid for in future.

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The amount which older people must pay for their care is set to be capped at £75,000 – more than double the £35,000 recommended by the independent Dilnot Commission.

Alongside the cap, health secretary Jeremy Hunt is expected to announce a large rise in the assets threshold beneath which people receive means-tested support to meet their care bills. Currently set at £23,250, that threshold is set to rise to £123,000.

Health minister Jeremy Hunt described the current situation as a “scandal” in which 30,000 to 40,000 people a year have to sell their houses to pay for their care costs.

But the National Pensioners Convention (NPC) said setting a lifetime cap on care costs of £75,000 would help just 10pc of those needing care, while the majority would still be left “to struggle on with a third rate service”.

How will the proposed reforms affect you and your family? Tell us what you think by contacting reporter Chris Hill on 01603 693892 or chris.hill@archant.co.uk.

15 comments

  • At it's height of battle, the Iraq war was costing Britain £20 billion a year, at the same time and still wobbling on is..Afghanistan, this now costs another £ 6 billion every year, with our signed up on the dot for paying the fake Afghan army wages and training for the next 25 years. you get the feeling that old Brits are being taking for a ride.

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    nrg

    Monday, February 11, 2013

  • I am trying to tell you what I think! But I am not 3-2-commentdotblogdotcodotuk

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    Mr Cameron Isaliar

    Monday, February 11, 2013

  • build a granny annex and look after your own wrinklies, many Asian families still do what we used to do, we've just got down the American dream way of bundles of cash....alternatively we could push on with the LCP by targeting younger pensioners...make way,make way!!!!!

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    nrg

    Monday, February 11, 2013

  • This country is a disgrace , the elderly have been paying in blood sweat and tax for this country all their lives and how does the Govt reward them, by stealing all that they worked for all of their life. Simple equation for you : Elderly people = Privatised Profit.

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    Farquarson-Smythe

    Tuesday, February 12, 2013

  • John Bridge, you know there is something wrong with elderly care in this country when those foreign workers you mentioned don't bring their grannies over!

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    Mr Cameron Isaliar

    Monday, February 11, 2013

  • If we did not pay benefits for the children of foreign workers and also pay the equivalent in value as our own people {we do not have to do either, look it up} then over half of the old people care cost shortfall would be available.

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    John Bridge

    Monday, February 11, 2013

  • Aviva and the rest will be queuing up to (mis)sell 'guaranteed £75,000 elderly care plans'. Get paying your premiums now!

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    Police Commissioner ???

    Monday, February 11, 2013

  • People who own care homes makes phenomenal amounts of money. There is something obscene about this. All care homes and nursing homes (big difference) should be registered charities that cannot make a profit. That way these chancers who want to make a massive pile of dosh for themselves can go off and try something like used cars or property development. And the homes should be run by staff answerable to the Charity Commissioners.

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    Electra

    Monday, February 11, 2013

  • It's £75K for nursing care only, so expect the unlimited costs of accommodation and meals in these homes to go through the roof!

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    Mr Cameron Isaliar

    Monday, February 11, 2013

  • Electra, I hope you are not suggesting a former NCC cabinet member in charge of spending in this sector, who also owned a number of private care homes, was in some way benefiting from a conflict of interest?

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    Mr Cameron Isaliar

    Monday, February 11, 2013

  • Ingo in answer to - but who will want to run them if they are non profit making charities or companies? Social enterprises the Big Society (remember that?) - the Governments and NCC's preferred option.

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    grouchomarxist

    Tuesday, February 12, 2013

  • Good points Electra, but who will want to run them if they are non profit making charities or companies? What of the 10 billion going to the treasury due to affairs being intestate? People ought to sort their affairs earlier, make it clear to relatives, create trust funds or such like, so the Government of the day, after taking your contributions for all your working life, does not end up squandering it on some silly neocolonialist war, or worse even, allowing illegal Irish horse trading.

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    ingo wagenknecht

    Monday, February 11, 2013

  • Didn't George Osborne promise to raise the Inheritance Tax threshold to £1million?

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    Peter Watson

    Monday, February 11, 2013

  • It is absolutely the right thing to do. The threshold had to be raised so people are not forced to dip into their hard-earned property values. It is a fine example of this "caring" government - caring as defined by pandying to the voters of middle England - finding more money for something instead of taking it away. It would be entirely wrong for families in the affluent home counties to have their inheritance wiped out just because they need to park gran’mama in a care home so she does not become an unwelcome intrusion into their grabbing lives. But hang on. How will they pay for this giveaway? I know, let’s scrap the universal benefits like free TV licences and the winter fuel allowance. Such a move would fit perfectly with this government’s record thus far of hammering the poor to subsidise a rich minority. LOL. Earlier this year at the Liberal Democrat conference Mr Lamb told the EDP the country must accept tax rises or spending cuts to meet the bill for elderly care. Why is he so keen to implement this change – to please “target voters” in his own constituency where property values remain relatively high and “oldies” abound?

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    Mr Cameron Isaliar

    Monday, February 11, 2013

  • John Bridge, you know there is something wrong with elderly care in this country when those foreign workers you mentioned don't bring their grannies over!

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    Mr Cameron Isaliar

    Monday, February 11, 2013

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