Scope responds to Government consultation on care cap

The Government has published its consultation into the future costs of care. This includes the Government’s plans for the care cap for working-age disabled people.

Key proposals include:

  • Free care for life (zero cap) for disabled people who develop an eligible care and support need before age 25 (previously 18). 
  • Anyone who develops an eligible support need at 25 or after will have the £72,000 care cap.
  • Equalising the minimum income guarantee, so that the income a disabled person who receives care is left with after charges is brought in line with the amount pensioners are left with. Currently disabled people are hit harder by charges. This will mean working-age disabled people are around £50 per week better off.

Richard Hawkes, Chief Executive of disability charity Scope, said: 

“Almost a third of social care users are disabled adults. 

Many struggle to cover the significant costs of their care. So we welcome government proposals to reduce these costs. 

However, the fact is that any cap on costs will only apply to those who are eligible for care. 

Chronic underfunding has left hundreds of thousands of disabled people who need support to do the basics, like getting up or out of the house, cut out of the care system.

The cap on costs addresses only one small part of the problem.

We need to see care funded properly, as well as the health system, so that disabled people who need care get it.”

Notes to the editor:

For more information, call Pasca Lane on 020 7619 7201 or email pasca.lane@scope.org.uk.

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