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Lords reject the government change to the social care cap

Commenting on the vote, Sally Warren, Director of Policy at The King’s Fund, said:

‘I welcome the House of Lords decision to reject the government’s planned change to the cap on social care costs. The change would leave many poorer people still exposed to the risk of having to sell their home to fund their care, while wealthier people would enjoy protection from the very high costs that can come with needing social care for long periods of time.

‘Recent analysis from the Institute for Fiscal Studies and the Health Foundation shows that people living in less affluent areas, such as parts of the North East, Yorkshire and the Humber and the Midlands, would be most disadvantaged by the change to the cap on social care costs.

‘Ministers may now ask MPs to vote again on the change in a bid to overrule the House of Lords. Reinstating this regressive change would run counter to the government’s ambition to “level up”, as well as the promise that no-one would have to sell their home to pay for their care. I encourage members of parliament to consider whether they want to back a policy that will save the Treasury money, but at the direct expense of poorer people living in the North and Midlands who need social care.’

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