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Doubts over social care charging reforms


The funding reforms which propose to place a cap on people’s liability for personal care were due to come into force in October 2023 but were delayed until October 2025.


However, there are significant doubts over whether the reforms will go ahead.


A National Audit Office report last year found that the DHSC had disbanded the programme board responsible for the reform, and that stakeholders had said the department would have to have started preparing councils in the summer of 2023 for implementation by October 2025, which did not happen.


And with an election due by January 2025 that Labour is tipped to win, the opposition has given no indication whether it would implement the reforms if in power.


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