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Backing for MPs’ probe into future of social care

The all party Parliamentary local government group has launched an inquiry into the future of social care provision.

The inquiry will review how local authorities provide financial support to people who require long-term care and will produce a response to the Government’s social care white paper, expected in May.

The group will be supported by thinktank the Local Government Information Unit.

All party local government group chair Heather Wheeler, MP, says: “Holding this inquiry is so important. At a local level, social care is a massive issue because of the quality of care delivered and the cost of care. People know a lot more because of the Dilnot report but there are still so many unanswered questions. This inquiry gives us the opportunity to explore this area, hear from experts and contribute to finding ways forward to the white paper.”

The Dilnot commission report, published in July, calls for a cap on individuals’ lifetime contributions to social care costs of between £25,000 and £50,000, with £35,000 the recommended figure. When the cap is reached, any remaining care costs would be met by the Government.

In November, Money Marketing reported industry concern that the Government’s decision to publish its social care white paper separate from Dilnot’s funding recommendations will see the reforms sidelined.

In January, Money Marketing revealed senior Liberal Democrats had raised concerns that Dilnot’s long-term care funding proposals are expensive, bureaucratic and regressive.

Partnership managing director of care Chris Horlick says: “The all party Parliamentary group’s scrutiny of future care provision is extremely welcome.

“One of the critical issues facing self-payers is a lack of access to appropriate financial advice. Of the 53,000 people who entered residential care in 2009, only 7,000 received appropriate financial advice.”

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