Monday, 11 February 2013

Cambridge MP Welcomes Care Cap To Protect City’s Elderly


Cambridge MP Julian Huppert has welcomed a move to cap the cost of care, protecting city residents from crippling bills and the threat of having to sell their homes to pay the bills.

The care reforms have been introduced by Liberal Democrat Care and Support Minister, Norman Lamb and will mean no-one will pay more than £75,000 for care; once an individual reaches the cap the state will step in to cover their costs.

At the same time, the means test threshold will be increased from its current level of £23,250 to £123,000 giving thousands more people financial help.

Other changes will mean that those who turn 18 with eligible care needs will get free care, people of working age who develop care needs before retirement age will have a lower cap and from April 2015, no-one will have to sell their home in their lifetime to pay for residential care, with those unable to afford the fees given the right to defer paying during their lifetime.

Julian said: “This ends the terrible uncertainty people faced, not knowing whether they might lose their homes and everything they had worked for to cover costs of care they might need as they got older. There were too many unknowns here causing a great deal of anguish.

“Labour promised to put an end to unlimited care costs during 13 years of government but failed to deliver. This lack of action came despite two manifesto commitments, one Royal Commission, another promised commission, a Select Committee Report, a white paper, a green paper and numerous independent reviews.

“Unlike Labour, we couldn’t sit back while people faced losing their security and dignity through a system which was unfair and unjust. We have acted to give people greater protection and the reassurance that, no matter what the future holds they will be able to get care if and when they need it. This makes for a fairer society for all.”