Delay to introduction of cap on care costs

20 July 2015

The government announced on Friday 17 July that the cap on care costs, due to take effect in April next year, will not now be introduced until April 2020.

The government announced on Friday 17 July 2015, that the much-hyped cap on care costs will not now be introduced until April 2020. It had been due to take effect from April next year.

In a letter to the Chair of the Local Government Association, Izzi Seccombe, Care and Support Minister Alistair Burt explained that whilst the government remains committed to the introduction of the cap, ‘a time of consolidation is not the right moment to be implementing expensive new commitments such as this.’

The cost of implementing the cap has been projected to be in the region of £6billion over the next 5 years, and the Local Government Association had indicated that their members could not cope with the additional financial demands the cap would place on them in the current economic climate.

As well as the cap on care costs, implementation of other elements of the Care Act 2014 will also now be delayed. The duty of local authorities to meet, in certain circumstances, the eligible needs of people in care homes who are currently paying their own costs will also now be postponed until April 2020, and the proposed appeals system for care and support will also be deferred. The timescale for its introduction will now be reconsidered as part of the wider government spending review which is imminent.

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