£75,000 cap planned for care bills

The coalition will today announce that elderly care bills are to be capped by the state in a £1 billion move expected to be funded by dragging more people into inheritance tax.

To the disappointment of many campaigners, the cap will be set at £75,000 - more than double the £35,000 recommended by the independent Dilnot Commission.

But thousands more people will be hit with inheritance tax bills because of a three-year extension of the freeze in the £325,000 threshold - £650,000 for couples - at which it kicks in at 40%.

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Inheritance tax to pay for care

Thousands more people are likely to be hit with inheritance tax to pay for an extension in state support for elderly care.