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Experts call for LTC funding action as Govt sets March deadline

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Social care experts are calling for the Government to act quickly on long-term care funding reforms after it set a deadline of the 20 March Budget to publish its proposals.

Speaking in the House of Lords last week, health minister Earl Howe said the Government is currently writing laws to implement the Dilnot Commission’s proposals.

Andrew Dilnot proposed £35,000 cap on care cost, excluding accommodation, but the Government is reported to be looking at a £75,000 cap. Questions remain over the level of the cap and when the rules will come into force.

Howe said: “The prime minister and deputy prime minister have committed to announcing further details before the Budget to cap the potentially enormous long-term care costs.

“The Government has agreed with the principles set out in the Dilnot Commission and we expect further details shortly.”

He also said the Government is drafting the draft care and support bill, in pre-legislative scrutiny, that will implement Dilnot.

Partnership director Jim Boyd says: “The bill scrutiny committee has to report by 7 March so the proposals have to be placed in front of it in good time. The Government has to act by next month at the latest.”

Labour peer Lord David Lipsey says: “Almost miraculously, considering the mood music halfway through, we are going to see a cap introduced. It is a tremendous victory.”

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