Will it ever be fixed? So­cial care re­forms de­layed AGAIN

Daily Mail - - Countdown To Brexit D-day - By Daniel Mar­tin Pol­icy Ed­i­tor

MIN­IS­TERS were con­demned last night af­ter much-needed re­forms to so­cial care were de­layed yet again.

The Depart­ment for Health ad­mit­ted the green pa­per – orig­i­nally due to be pub­lished in July, then pushed back until the au­tumn – would not be pub­lished until Jan­uary at the ear­li­est.

The de­lay comes as tens of thou­sands of older Bri­tons face sky-high so­cial care bills that deny their chil­dren much of their in­her­i­tance. At present, care re­cip­i­ents are li­able for the full costs until their sav­ings – in­clud­ing wealth tied up in prop­erty – are down to just £23,250.

The an­nounce­ment comes seven years af­ter a so­cial care com­mis­sion first sug­gested a cap on costs. Sources blamed the de­lay on Brexit squeez­ing

out other is­sues in the Com­mons. It fol­lows the post­pone­ment of an­other ma­jor piece of pol­icy – Bri­tain’s new im­mi­gra­tion sys­tem – ear­lier this week.

Labour’s so­cial care spokesman Bar­bara Kee­ley said: ‘The Tories are so mired in their own bun­gled Brexit ne­go­ti­a­tions that they have yet again de­layed their so­cial care green pa­per, which is al­ready one year over­due, leav­ing older and vul­ner­a­ble dis­abled adults to pay the price of their in­ac­tion.’

Health Sec­re­tary Matt Han­cock said the green pa­per is ‘very well ad­vanced’, ad­ding he wanted to ‘make sure it gets the at­ten­tion it de­serves’.

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