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.”