Commenting on UK Government proposals to cap the amount people in England will have to pay for social care, Age Cymru’s Head of Policy and Public Affairs Graeme Francis says:
“Age Cymru welcomes the principle of a cap on social care costs because this protects against potentially unlimited care costs and is fairer for those who have saved.
“However we are disappointed that the level of the cap at £75,000 is much higher than the £35,000 recommended by Andrew Dilnot, because a lower cap would be fairer to people with fewer savings.
“Age Cymru particularly welcomes the increase in the means test level - from £23,250 to £123,000, which will mean that many more people receive at least some help with the costs of care.
“Age Cymru calls on the Welsh Government to examine these proposals and to bring forward similar plans without delay, to provide people in Wales with certainty over care costs.
“Social care has been ignored for far too long and government in Cardiff Bay and Westminster must act to bring older people fairer access to care support when they need it most.”