– Julia Unwin, Joseph Rowntree Foundation
We are deeply frustrated that more progress has not been made and that the decision on how to pay for long-term care has been postponed yet again. The Secretary of State says this is a watershed moment. It is not. Extending current practice on deferred payments is entirely sensible, but it is also a sticking plaster.
There are reports that the Government has revived plans to limit the individual costs of elderly care to £35,000, despite the Health Secretary shelving the recommendations from the Dilnot report last month because of the cost of implementing it.