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Dilnot: Coalition has a moral duty to my care cash reforms

Long-term care commission chairman Andrew Dilnot has warned Prime Minister David Cameron and Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg he will “hold their feet to the fire” if the Government’s white paper on social care does not include his funding recommendations.

The Dilnot commission’s 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 that cap is reached, people would be eligible for full state support.

The Government is considering the proposals and says it will publish a social care white paper next spring.

Partnership managing director for care Chris Horlick warns it is “far from certain” that the commission’s recommendations will be included.

Speaking at a fringe event at the Conservative party conference this week, Dilnot said the Government has a “huge moral obligation” to include the reforms. He said: “The coalition agreement is very strong on this and if the Government does not do something about it, I intend to hold Mr Cameron and Mr Clegg’s feet to the fire and I shall enjoy that activity.”

Dilnot (pictured) said it may take at least two years for any further progress from Parliament on implementing his recommendations, despite the Liberal Democrats and Labour backing the proposal and Health Secretary Andrew Lansley promising a “very positive response”.

Dilnot said: “The consensus means the question is does it happen under this Government or do they leave it to the next Government? That will be a matter for political calculation. If I have anything to say about it, we will get it done sooner rather than later and I will be making an awful lot of noise about it.”


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  1. It seems to Dilnot that to conceive of any way other than his is…inconceivable. As they say, empty vessels make most sound. Dilnott has done his best, poor dear, and now he should go away. Maybe something else is just a little more pressing for mummy and daddy than picking up little Andrewkins’ rattle.

  2. Dilnot’s recommendations are all about preserving capital when the issue is funding care. They are so complex and full of holes that the Government would be right to abandon them.

    You can’t take it with you so we need to ask whether we are all prepared to pay more tax so that others can inherit from their parents.

    Long term care desperately needs reform but not Dilnots reforms.

    For a full summary of the issues with the Dilnot report follow the link from our home page at

  3. I agree with Bryan that times is hard. However, Implementing Dilnot’s recommendations starts to provide the conditions necessary for product providers to develop products to help people plan for this need. There are, of course, lots of ways to skin a cat… one being for the state to pick up the whole tab… I understood the government would like to get a partnership with the private sector going. So, let’s hope what comes out in April provides the conditions for that to happen. Cost to UK plc £2bn – QE £275bn!

  4. Hi Vanessa, Unfortunately Dilnots proposals will destroy the market for the immediate care plan. To my mind this is the only product that the financial services industry has ever produced that actually works for people funding care.

    Given a choice to pay a premium of around £8,000 to fund a possible £35K care liability my guess is that most people will do nothing. Those that can afford £8k can probably afford £35K.

    The main problem with Dilnot is that under his proposals so many more people who are private funders will fall onto the state. Apart from the cost to the taxpayer (woefully underestimated) this will mean more care providers will cease to have control over the majority of their income stream. This is one of the key reasons for the failure of Southern Cross.

    The state simply pays too little for care.

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