Duncan Lewis

Prime Minister to implement social welfare proposal of Andrew Dilnot

Date: (16 August 2012)    |    

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The Dilnot recommendations for keeping the cap the amounts of individuals pay at £35,000, with the any further bills to be paid by the taxpayer, would be implemented according to government sources.
Last month Health Secretary Andrew Lansley had announced that the Dilnot recommendations were being shelved as the Treasury said they were not feasible.
But the Prime Minister has pledged that tens of thousands of elderly people who faced grim situations like selling their homes, to fund long term care, will not have to do so. The Prime Minister would find the £1.7billion annual costs for the plan in the next public spending review according to the government sources.
The Prime Minister and Mr Clegg both would like to announce this autumn that they were willing to implement the Dilnot recommendations in order to put the Coalition back on track.
They plan to insert the pledge to enforce the proposals in 2017 into the Government’s Care and Support Bill.
The coalition partners seem to make it a legacy project which would showcase that their partnership was working well by solving a major problem that affects millions.
At the moment anyone with assets over £23,250 has to bear the cost of their own care. Last year more than 24,500 people had to sell their homes to pay the bills, a rise of 20 per cent in a decade.
The economist Andrew Dilnot, had proposed to set the cap at £35,000, after which the Government would pick up the tab.
The initial £35,000 could be funded by an insurance policy taken out by people while they are still working.
He also recommended that the £23,250 means test threshold should go up to £100,000.
It is understood the Coalition will also honour this proposal.
Just after a week of that announcement by the health secretary to shelve the proposals Mr Cameron had informed Mr Clegg of his decision and then told senior Tories, including the Health Secretary, before revealing his decision to the rest of the Cabinet at a meeting before the summer break.
In addition to the Dilnot proposals, which primarily benefit pensioners with large homes, Lib Dems are also trying to win Tory support for moves to do more to help the poorest pensioners who have few assets.
It would give both the Conservatives and the Lib Dems something to go with in 2015 taking the credit that they had sorted out a social care issue.

 

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Duncan Lewis Blog - Posted By: Christy on 6 July 2015 at 6:47

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