The King's Fund responds to the social care cap change vote

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Commenting on MPs voting through a change to the social care cap, Sally Warren, Director of Policy at The King’s Fund, said:
 
‘The change to the social care cap is a regressive step that will leave people with low levels of wealth still exposed to very high care costs. 
 
‘It is likely to mean that some people with moderate assets living in poorer areas will still be forced to sell their home to pay for their care, while wealthier people from richer parts of the country will be protected from this.
 
‘This change was sprung upon MPs with very little notice and with no impact assessment made available. It is not the end of the story though – the Health and Care Bill will now pass to the House of Lords for peers to consider the implications of this regressive policy shift. 

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

‘People with low and moderate levels of wealth 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.’

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