Residential care fees cap postponed until 2020
After all the noise about care costs earlier this year the £72,000 cap on residential care fees, enacted by the last government and promised in the Conservative Party’s election manifesto, will not now be implemented until April 2020. The new government has accepted requests from local government to use the allocated funding to plug the current shortfall in long-term social care costs instead. Also being postponed are proposals to force councils to support self-funding users of residential care, and to apply a more generous means test.
As always, this is a complex area we can help with, especially around privately funding care.