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Pressure to bring forward Dilnot LTC cap

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Economist Andrew Dilnot, who led the July 2011 review into long-term care reform

More than 1,500 people have signed a petition calling for the Government to introduce its £72,000 cap on long-term care costs a year earlier than planned.

The petition had received 1,565 signatures as Money Marketing went to press. It requires 100,000 signatures to be considered for debate in the House of Commons.

In March, the Government announced it would introduce a £72,000 cap on care costs in April 2016, plus an annual £12,000 cap on so-called ‘hotel costs’.

The cap is much higher than the £35,000 level recommended by economist Andrew Dilnot in July 2011.

The asset threshold above which people will not receive means-tested help from the state will also be increased from £23,250 to £118,000 in April 2016.

The petition, which was launched by the Tory leader of Kent County Council Paul Carter states: “Paying for care can be overwhelming and often results in people having to sell their homes and lose their life savings.

“Through this petition we are putting pressure on the Government to take action and implement the Dilnot recommendations by 2015.”

Plan Money director Peter Wright says: “Implementing these plans needs to be done correctly, but it can be confusing for clients when proposals take so long to come in. The sooner the cap is in place the better.”

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