Government launches consultation on how to deliver cap on social care costs

BMJ 2013; 347 doi: (Published 19 July 2013) Cite this as: BMJ 2013;347:f4636
  1. Gareth Iacobucci
  1. 1BMJ

The government has launched a consultation on how to implement its reforms to social care funding in England, which include the delivery of a new cap of £72 000 (€87 000; $114 000) on eligible care costs from 2016.

The reforms, based on recommendations from the Dilnot review,1 will offer additional financial help for people with less than £118 000 in assets including their home, and “deferred payments” from local authorities from 2015 to prevent anyone having to sell their home in their lifetime.

The plans will require local authorities to assess eligibility for residential care or home services and will introduce new national eligibility standards to ensure people qualified for the same level of services regardless of where they lived.2

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