THURROCK MP and health minister, Jackie Doyle-Price has announced that the government is dropping a plan to place a £72,000 cap on social care costs.
The cap was due to come into effect in 2020 but health minister Jackie Doyle-Price announced that the Government had decided not to proceed with the proposals as she confirmed plans for a new consultation on social care reform reports the Daily Telegraph.
Ms Doyle-Price said there would be a process of “initial engagement over the coming months” to shape long-term reform of the sector with plans eventually set out in a new green paper.
Labour accused the Government of a “shameful waste of taxpayers’ money”.
Ms Doyle-Price said: “The Prime Minister has been clear that the consultation will include proposals to place a limit on the care costs individuals face.
“To allow for fuller engagement and development of the approach with reforms to the care system and the way it is paid for considered in the round, we will not be taking forward the previous Government’s plans to implement a cap on care costs in 2020.”