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The government’s proposed cap on social care costs would cost county councils £330m a year if introduced, new research has warned.
The families of the poorest pensioners could be subsidising the cost of essential care because councils are ignoring rules intended to protect them from unfair care home fees, according to Independent Age.
Local authorities have placed a charge on the properties of more than 19,000 retirees in the past five years to help meet the cost of their care, new figures have revealed.
The Government is to delay introduction of a lifetime cap on care costs by four years, prompting 'outrage' from care and housing providers.
The Care Act – which comes into force from today – is destined for failure unless the Government commits more funding to the care system, charities are warning.
Councils do not have enough funding to meet their duties under the Care Act, according to new research.
Council leaders are warning the government’s efforts to stop people having to cash in their homes to pay for care are under threat due to insufficient funding.
The majority of older people in need are more likely to receive disability benefits than help form their local authority, shows new research.
Around half the UK will need to spend the equivalent of the value of their home before they become eligible for Government support to cover care costs, it has been claimed.
Plans to save money by merging health and social care have been blasted as 'a shambles' after it was revealed they have delivered less than a third of the £1bn originally estimated.