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May’s “tinkering” with social care funding fails to deliver “sustainable solution,” say experts

BMJ 2017; 357 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.j2456 (Published 19 May 2017) Cite this as: BMJ 2017;357:j2456
  1. Matthew Limb
  1. London

The prime minister has signalled changes to social care funding while abandoning previous Tory commitments to cap the amount that people would have to pay themselves for care and scaling back some benefits for pensioners.

Launching the Conservatives’ general election manifesto in Halifax on 18 May (www.conservatives.com/manifesto), Theresa May said it was right that people should contribute to their care from savings and accumulated wealth if they could afford it, rather than expecting taxpayers to carry the cost on their behalf.

For the first time, homeowners’ property wealth would come under local councils’ means tests to gauge people’s entitlement to state funded support for social care in their own home.

Analysts said that under the proposal many more people would be likely to have to pay for services and that people with the greatest care needs would still be unable to limit potentially huge social care costs.

Currently, people can qualify …

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