Alzheimer's Society: Government's 'empty promise'

Jeremy Hughes, chief executive of the Alzheimer's Society, accused the Government of an "empty promise".

He said: "People with dementia and their carers are being forced to pay a dementia tax of tens of thousands of pounds a year for essential care and support.

"To them and thousands of other vulnerable people, an agreement in principle to a cap on care costs is meaningless.

"This empty promise also ignores the separate problem of underfunding of care as a whole. Some people are struggling with no care and no assets - for them, a cap on costs is useless.

"Further bickering between politicians will be a catastrophic failure of political leadership as families continue to struggle to care for people with severe disabilities.

"It is time for all parties to commit to a real public discussion about how we pay for the costs of care and make the costs for families fair. We cannot afford to delay any longer."

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Delay over elderly care cash

Decisions on how to fund long-term care for the elderly will not be taken for up to two years, the Government admitted, amid Labour accusations that it had abandoned cross-party talks.