There have been many changes implementing changes to social care. The main point of interest for pensioners was confirmation that the implementation of the cap on social care costs and the introduction of the single-tier state pension will both be brought forward to 2016-17. From April 2016, there will be a cap of £72,000 on the costs of care, and the upper threshold limit for the residential care means test will be increased to £118,000.
This is a great step in the right direction with the care costs cap and the higher upper means test threshold from April 2016, this will do nothing to help the 800,000 older people who need help with everyday tasks but receive no formal state support. Since 2010/11(DOH) £700 million has been cut from local authority spending on social care. Which means 85 per cent of local authorities now provide care only to people with substantial or critical needs. There is an obvious 15 percent in the country who are not being cared for, which is worrying.
According to Age UK, the future of social care is one of the most important issues facing the country. All too often the NHS and families are left to pick up the pieces when older people fail in their struggle to cope alone, which makes no moral or financial sense.
It’s a complex issue for all in respect to long-term care funding, it has been clear for some time that there are no easy answers: we are at the point where continued uncertainty is bad for everyone.
Do you have to make the difficult decision about a loved one’s or your ability to live independently and safely at home?