What significance did the Queen’s Speech have as far as social care is concerned?
In the Queen’s Speech the Health and Social Care Bill was announced, which will introduce a cap on the cost of social care in England and give carers the right to support from their local council.
The Bill, which was published in its draft form last year, introduces a cap on self-funding individuals’ long-term care costs from 2016, as recommended by the Dilnot Commission, but this will be initially set at £75,000, which is twice the amount that the Commission suggested.
In response, a Care and Support Alliance statement said that eligibility thresholds for support also needed to be lowered. “Unless this changes it means those people who are unable to carry out tasks such as washing, preparing a meal, or dressing, those who are unable to continue to work without support and those whose carers cannot cope anymore would not get any funded social care support or have their expenditure on care count towards a lifetime cap.”
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