Statement ahead of the closure on Monday 30 March of the consultation into draft regulations and guidance to implement the cap on care costs:
Councillor Ray Puddifoot MBE, London Councils’ Executive member for adult social care, said:
“We support the government’s proposals to put a limit on the costs people have to pay for their care. However, we are concerned that this will result in even greater financial pressure for councils.
“London boroughs, particularly, will be hit with higher costs than councils in other parts of the country. That’s because care users in the capital will reach the lifetime contribution limit of £72,000 much sooner than in other regions as the cost of care is higher.
“The proposed changes must be fully funded by central government, and there is a need for more information for the public on how much support they can expect to receive.”
Notes to Editors:
1. The government's consultation includes draft guidance on the introduction from April 2016 of a lifetime contribution limit of £72,000 for care users with assets of above £23,250, thus ending the threat of unlimited care costs. Under the plans, care users will be expected to cover their ‘hotel’ costs which includes food and accommodation. A link to the consultation can be found here.
2. London Councils has produced a step-by-step guide for the over 65s, which sets out how the reforms are likely to impact on whether they qualify for support from their council. You can download it here.
3. A copy of London Councils' full response to the consultation will be available on our website from 00:00:00 hours on Monday 30 March.