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Older adults care bills to be capped

Older adults care bills to be capped
5th December 2012

A deal to provide universal state funding for elderly care for the first time is close to being agreed by prime minister David Cameron and his deputy Nick Clegg.

The Daily Telegraph reports that older adults could have to pay up to £75,000 of any care home bills as a result of the landmark reform.

Senior sources have told the newspaper how figures within the government are "determined" to make this happen.

"There is more than a reasonable prospect that it will,” a government source said.

The plan from the Conservative-Liberal Democrat alliance is to be modelled on recommendations that were published in 2011 from the economist Andrew Dilnot.

His government commission proposed a cap of between £25,000 and £50,000, but it is believed the coalition favours an amount closer to £75,000.

Care and support minister Norman Lamb recently announced the government is to launch a review into end-of-life care.

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