Care Reforms - What counts towards the cap?

Government will introduce an amendment to the Care Act 2014 to set out the way that people progress towards the cap. This amendment, subject to Parliamentary approval, will ensure that only the amount that the individual contributes towards these costs will count towards the cap on care costs.

While this clarification has been met with some criticism, we think it is fair that only an individual’s own funds should be counted towards the £86,000 cap and not other funding support provided. No examples have been provided at this stage but it does seem that the spending of say Attendance Allowance on a care need will not count towards the cap.


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