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  • 10 February 2013, 16:04

Care Cap For Pensioners To Be Set At 75,000

Pensioners with savings of up to 123,000 will receive state support with their care costs under new Government plans.

In a long-awaited coalition announcement, Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt will say on Monday the assets threshold will rise from 23,250 to 123,000, with a sliding scale of support, according to The Sunday Telegraph.

The means-tested threshold is higher than the 100,000 assets limit recommended by the independent Dilnot Commission appointed by Prime Minister David Cameron to make recommendations on the issue.

But the cap on costs that people have to pay for care is expected to be set at 75,000 - more than double the 35,000 economist Andrew Dilnot suggested.

The 75,000 figure is based on 2017 prices - when the reform will come in - meaning that in today's money it will be about 61,000.

Pensioners will still be required to meet accommodation costs for care home stays, which will be limited to 12,500 a year.

The package is expected to cost the Treasury 1bn a year by 2020, significantly less than the 1.7bn figure raised by the Dilnot Commission and resisted by Chancellor George Osborne.

In an article for The Sunday Telegraph, Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg said: "This reform will help protect some of the least wealthy pensioners from care costs - a fact lost on those who have sometimes argued that Dilnot's proposals are just about helping people in big, expensive houses.

"Of course, all these changes come with a price tag. At a time of financial austerity, we have to think carefully about spending more money. But for me it's clear cut: with an ageing population we can't duck this issue again."

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