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Care Cap Reinstated

The Government has reinstated a change to the cap on care costs that will reduce its benefit to less wealthy people.

The House of Commons had overturned a vote in the Lords that would have ensured that people’s full personal care costs – not just their own contributions – counted towards the cap, as is currently legislated for in the Care Act 2014.

The vote on the Health and Care Bill will now amend the Care Act to only count the contributions of individuals receiving means-tested support and not the funding from the local authority.

The change will need to be endorsed by the Lords – where the government does not have a majority – and the two houses need to agree a final version of the legislation before it becomes law.


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