The King's Fund responds to social care cap change

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Commenting on the government plan to make the social care cap less generous to people with low to moderate levels of wealth, Sally Warren, Director of Policy at The King’s Fund, said:

‘The changes to the capped-cost model for social care announced today are disappointing. 

‘These changes will mean that the people who need the most protection from catastrophically high care costs – those with low to moderate levels of wealth – will get less protection than wealthier people. 

‘They may well wonder why the Prime Minister’s promise that no one need sell their house to pay for care will benefit wealthier people but doesn’t seem to apply to them.

‘The government was brave in raising taxes to fund the long-overdue reform of social care but, having taken two steps forward, has now taken one step back.’

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