Delay to cap on care costs is outrageous, says Anchor chief
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Not-for-profit care home operator Anchor has reacted with dismay to the Department of Health’s announcement last week that the introduction of the £72,000 cap on what individuals and their families would have to pay for social care is to be delayed by five years.
Anchor chief executive Jane Ashcroft the charity hoped the lengthy delay was because the Government planned to urgently address how care is funded.
“This is a major issue for today’s older people as well as future generations,” said Ms Ashcroft.
“A delay of four years, until 2020, is outrageous and brings into question the future of care funding. Successive governments have failed to prioritise reform – despite the mounting crisis. This further delay suggests that social care reform is simply not a priority for government.”
A survey commissioned by Anchor has found that 71% of people aged over 55 said politicians were dealing badly with the challenges of an ageing population.
“Our survey found 50% of over 55s said they were worried about being able to afford adequate care in their old age, yet more than a third (36%) had not even heard about the proposed changes,” said Ms Ashcroft.
“Adequate funding is an absolute priority, as is system reform. Ignoring the need for reform will only aggravate the concerns of older people about how well their needs are being represented in Parliament.”