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Friday, 11th May 2012

UK: Transforming social care for the poorest older people

Source: Centre for Social Justice (UK)

From Press Release:

The CSJ breaks with the political consensus by urging Ministers to prioritise the poorest over the competing claims of asset-rich old people who are forced to sell their homes before they qualify for state subsidy.

Since their publication last summer, the proposals from economist Andrew Dilnot, most notably to cap the amount any individual pays for care, have received unprecedented backing in the care sector.

But such is the plight of the war-time generation now reliant on a collapsing means- tested system the Government should deal with their needs first, before relaxing rules that require better-off pensioners to reduce their assets to below £23,250 before they are entitled to help from the state.

Dilnot proposes raising this threshold to £100,000 and capping the amount any old person would be made to contribute to his or her social care.

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