The coalition is planning to approve Andrew Dilnot’s proposed cap of £35,000 on elderly care fees, it was reported today.
The government will announce plans in autumn to put the cap in place by 2017, media reports claim.
In July the government published a draft Care & Support bill. According to a Whitehall source, the bill will be amended to include the Dilnot recommendations.
Last month health secretary Andrew Lansley said the government supported the cap “in principle”, but claimed he had “various proposals in mind”.
Another of Dilnot’s proposals was to increase the “asset threshold” over which people would have to contribute to the cost of their care. He described the current means test of £23,250 as “stupid and crazy”, and said it should rise to £100,000.
According to the Daily Mail, the coalition has also taken this recommendation on board.
Andrew Dilnot published his report Fairer Care Funding in July last year with the central recommendation that an individual’s care costs should be capped at £35,000.
This would cost the Treasury almost £2 billion a year.
Since its publication, the Westminster consensus was that the recommendation was too controversial and expensive.