A recent House of Commons Library briefing paper presents an overview of policy proposals and actual policies, from different Governments since 1997, concerning for how individuals with assets must pay for social care.
Unlike health services provided by the NHS, social care is not universally free at the point of delivery. People receiving local authority support are means-tested, and expected to contribute towards the cost of their care, often at excruciatingly punitive rates and incurring devastating lifetime costs. The shifting position of the current Conservative Government is placed in a longer-view historical policy context.
Social care: Government reviews and policy proposals for paying for care since 1997 (England) [Summary Page]. London: House of Commons Library, June 22nd 2017. Commons Briefing Paper CBP-8000.
This relates to:
Jarrett, T. (2017). Social care: Government reviews and policy proposals for paying for care since 1997 (England). Briefing Paper Number 8000. London: House of Commons Library, June 22nd 2017.
The Competition and Market Authority (CMA) has reported that care homes quite often apply upfront costs and charge families for weeks after their relatives have died. Self-funders routinely pay more too:
“The average weekly charge for self-funders was £846 – 40% more than local authority rates”.
Triggle, N. (2017). Care homes: Public ‘pay unfair fees to plug £1bn shortfall’. London: BBC Health News, November 30th 2017.