Response to Theresa May's announcement of a cap on social care costs

Nigel Edwards comments on the Conservative's announcement that a Conservative government would include a cap on care costs in a social care green paper.

Press Release

Published: 22/05/2017

Responding to Theresa May’s announcement that a Conservative government would include a cap on care costs in a social care green paper, Nuffield Trust Chief Executive Nigel Edwards said:

"It is good that these proposals now include a lifetime cap. This goes some way to addressing one of the big problems with the social care system, which is that the neediest can pay a very disproportionate amount for their care.

"There are no easy solutions to the failures of successive governments to get to grips with this issue, but this proposal as set out by Sir Andrew Dilnot could form part of a better system.

“The crucial remaining questions are at what level the cap is set, and whether it will be backed by the additional funding needed to make it work."