'We want to make Britain a great country to grow old in'

The changes to the social care system will help protect people from having to sell off their homes to fund care bills in later life, the Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt has said.

He said the soon-to-be announced proposals were not "the whole solution" but were a "very big step" in making Britain "a great country to grow old in".

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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.