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Dilnot report: Elderly care costs should be capped

4th July 2011

The amount people pay for care in old age should be capped at 35,000 pounds, according to an independent commission.

In a study published this week, economist Andrew Dilnot is to suggest that the "fair" cap will provide "peace of mind" in an era of longer life expectancy.

At the moment, council-funded home help and care home places for the elderly and adults with disabilities are only provided for people in England with less than 23,250 pounds worth of assets.

However, under the new proposals, that threshold could rise to 100,000 pounds and the 35,000 pounds cap on costs would be implemented.

Last year, the coalition government asked Mr Dilnot to analyse the social care system in England and report on how it could be changed amid concerns it was getting harder for people to get access to state support.

"I think the system is broken and at the moment people are frightened about something they ought to celebrate. We should be delighted that we're expecting to live longer and longer," Mr Dilnot told BBC Radio 4's Today programme.ADNFCR-8000103-ID-800610443-ADNFCR

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