Even with the new cap on elderly care costs to be introduced in 2016, people at large will need a Government information and awareness-raising campaign to help them to understand their liabilities in terms of the potential lifetime costs of elderly care and support.
This report warns that the government may not have considered all of the implications of recent social care reforms. These planned reforms might leave local authorities open to widespread disputes and being tied-up by legal challenges.
“The Joint Committee on the Draft Care and Support Bill said the cap would lead to 450,000 people immediately asking for their care costs to be assessed”.
The report also advises that better integration of health and housing, plus more focus on prevention and early intervention, will be vital if the care and support system can be made sustainable.
Read more: BBC News: Care costs cap ‘will cause disputes’.
Triggle, N. (2013). Care costs cap ‘will cause disputes’. London: BBC News, March 19th 2013.
This relates to:
House of Lords; House of Commons Joint Committee on the Draft Care and Support Bill (2013). Draft care and support bill report. Session 2012–13. London: The Stationery Office Limited March 19th 2013. HL Paper 143. HC 822.
BBC Health Correspondent’s View
Readers may also find the following brief analysis to be of interest:
Triggle, N. (2013). Why the elderly care crisis is here to stay. London: BBC News, March 13th 2013.
[A brief reference to this item features in Dementia and Elderly Care: the Latest Evidence Newsletter (RWNHST), Volume 3 Issue 7, May 2013].