The government has “betrayed” people who use social care by deciding to postpone the introduction of a cap on their care charges, according to a leading disabled figure.
Sue Bott (pictured), deputy chief executive of Disability Rights UK, spoke out this week following the government’s decision to abandon the key manifesto pledge, just weeks after the general election.
She said the move provides further evidence that “to all intents and purposes, the state is opting out of social care”.
The cap was due to be introduced next April, but social care minister Alistair Burt announced in a letterto the Local Government Association last month that he had “taken the difficult decision to delay the introduction of the cap on care costs system” until April 2020.
The cap was expected to add £6 billion to government spending over the next five years, but Burt said in his letter that it was “not the right moment to be implementing expensive new commitments”.
The cap would have placed a lifetime limit of £72,000 on the amount an individual had to pay in care charges towards meeting their assessed and eligible care needs.
Bott told Disability News Service (DNS) that the postponement meant that councils would continue to increase care charges.
She said: “The basic problem here is that the Department of Health does not even collect statistics on how much councils are charging for care, so the government has no consistent idea of what councils are charging.”