Charges for care and support, funding reforms delayed

Care funding reforms

Planned Care Funding Reforms Delayed until 2020

The government had proposedthat no one would have to spendmore than £72 000 on care and support. The intention wasthatthis 'Care Cap' wouldlimit the amount that people with high levels of care and support would have to pay. Anyoneassessed by theCouncil and eligible for services, would have a 'care account'. This would be credited over time with their personal budget, up to a limit of £72 000. If credits reach £72 000, individuals would be entitled to free care and support from the Council, or a cash equivalent, towards the cost of care.

The Government had originally proposed to introduce the new arrangements from April 2016. However, in response to concerns expressed by the Local Government Association and other stakeholders about the timetable for implementing the cap on care costs, the government has decided to delay its implementation until April 2020. This delay will allow time to ensure that everyone is ready to introduce the new system and to look at what more can be done to support people with the costs of care.