The all-party Parliamentary local government group will investigate delays in the Government’s response to the Dilnot Commission’s long-term care funding proposals to ensure they are not being sidelined.
The Dilnot Commission’s report, published last 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. The response was first expected alongside a health and social care white paper in April.
However, it was reported this week that the white paper will not include a draft bill and it will now be published in June alongside a progress report on crossparty talks over Dilnot’s plans.
Last week, the all-party Parliamentary local government group announced it would review future long-term care provision and produce a response to the white paper. The group’s secretary, Conservative MP and work and pensions select committee member Brandon Lewis, says: “The APPG will look into what is going on with the funding element to make sure it is not being left behind.”
The Treasury has concerns at the costs entailed in the Dilnot proposals, estimated to be £1.7bn a year. In January, senior LibDem sources told Money Marketing that Dilnot’s proposals are “expensive, bureaucratic and regressive”.
Partnership corporate affairs director Jim Boyd says it would be a concern if the delays are the start of a process to “massage the issue away”. He says: “Labour advocates a national care service free at the point of care, the Conservative right-wing does not want any state involvement at all and the Liberal Democrats have raised their concerns. The opportunity for a meeting of minds looks unlikely.”