MPs vote on social care funding cost cap in England

The government won a vote in the House of Commons last night backing a social care cap for England, but the vote was passed with just 26 votes cutting the government majority of 80.

The cap covers fees for personal care, such as help with washing and dressing, but doesn’t cover living costs including care home fees, food or utility costs.

The government proposes that from October 2023 those with assets of less than £20,000 won’t pay anything from these towards care fees although they might have to pay from their income.

Those assets in excess of £100,000 including the value of their home, savings or investments won’t get any financial help from the council, while those with assets between £20,000 and £100,000 will qualify for council help, but will have to pay £86,000 to reach the cap.

The Bill now moves on to the House of Lords.

Date published: November 23, 2021

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