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MPs launch independent social care inquiry

The All Party Parliamentary Local Government Group has launched an inquiry into future care provision.

The inquiry will review how local authorities enable individuals to be financially independent. The parliamentary group will then produce a response to the Government’s social care white paper, expected in May.

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 both because of the quality of care delivered, but also 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 last year, 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 last year, 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 this year, Money Marketing revealed senior Liberal Democrats had raised concerns Dilnot’s long-term care funding proposals are expensive, bureaucratic and regressive.


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