Care matters, and care costs.
The Independent, Daily Mail and Guardian among others all cover talk of a possible U-turn on care funding. If true, this is very big – and welcome – news. The papers suggest that proposals would closely mirror Andrew Dilnot’s recommendations.Dilnot proposed a dramatic increase in the ‘asset threshold’ over which people would have to contribute to costs of residential care, and a ‘lifetime cap’ on costs. He suggested an asset threshold of £100k, and a lifetime cap of £35k. The beauty of the Dilnot proposals is that it allows this and future governments to debate and decide where those thresholds should be. The combination of threshold and cap is what would determine how progressive the reforms would be. Would rich or poor – or middle-income – older people benefit most?
The Dilnot proposals reflected a political pragmatism about appealing to a more affluent home-owning ‘grey vote’, as well as a more principled pragmatism about the need for: