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Pensioner care cap 'to be set at £75,000'

State support for care costs is to be offered to pensioners with savings of up to £123,000, according to a newspaper report.

Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt will announce that the means-tested threshold will rise from £23,250 to £123,000, with a sliding scale of support, according to The Sunday Telegraph.

The assets threshold is higher than the £100,000 assets limit recommended by the independent Dilnot Commission appointed by Prime Minister David Cameron to make recommendations on the issue.

71-year-old woman mauled to death by pack of dogs

A pensioner is believed to have died after she was mauled by a pack of dogs that she had gone to feed.

The 71-year-old woman, named in reports as Gloria Knowles, was found dead with multiple injuries at a house in Morden, south London, on Tuesday.

Police were called to the property following the incidents and seized five dogs including two Bordeaux bulldogs, two American bulldogs and a mongrel.

The great grandmother had gone to the garden of the property in Rutland Drive and was feeding the pet dogs belonging to her daughter when she was mauled, according to reports.

She also suffered a heart attack and was pronounced dead at the scene by paramedics.

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