Does the cap fit? – Analysing the government’s proposed amendment to the English social care charging system

Does the cap fit? – Analysing the government’s proposed amendment to the English social care charging system

In September 2021, the government announced that a cap on lifetime social care costs would be introduced in England from October 2023, set at a level of £86k. However, in November 2021 the government proposed an amendment to the Care Act that would mean means-tested support does not count for an individual’s progress towards the social care cost cap.

This joint Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS) and Health Foundation report, funded by the Health Foundation, considers the effects of the government’s proposed amendment to the Care Act. The report presents analysis of which groups of older people would be affected by the proposed amendment, looking at differences between those with different levels of wealth and income and those living in different parts of England.

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