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Alzheimer's Society response to the delay in the implementation of the cap on care costs

Today (Friday 17 July) the government announced its policy to cap care costs in England will be delayed until 2020. Costs were to be limited to £72,000 for the over 65s and younger adults with disabilities from April 2016.

Jeremy Hughes, CEO of Alzheimer's Society said:

'We're disappointed at today's announcement delaying the care cap for another four years.  This will cause unacceptable costs to continue to be borne by people with dementia and their families into the next decade. Whilst other diseases receive significantly more support on the NHS, dementia patients who often need long term nursing care are still to be left to fend for themselves. 

'The care cap is only part of the solution - the significant underfunding of social care must also be addressed and be a key feature in the spending review.  However, it is insupportable that financial pressures on local councils should be the excuse for people with dementia not being able to access vital care andsupport.'

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