The reforms to our care system are an update of those which the Conservatives had planned to bring in five years ago, based on the work of the 2011 Dilnot Commission which was set up under the coalition government.
The reforms were legislated for in the Care Act 2014 and have been left on the statute books, unimplemented since the government initially deferred the plans and then Theresa May abandoned them altogether when she was Prime Minister.
The fact that legislation is already in place means that the reforms should be easier and quicker to introduce and we can expect that much of the detail will be the same as was originally set out. There will of course be changes but these are most likely to be the numbers. The original care cap for example was £72,000 and the increase to £86,000 reflects the effects of inflation.
Over the coming weeks and months, we will be reviewing the legislation to assess just how the new measures will work and what the practical impact will be for care providers, councils, families and of course those who need care.