Health secretary backs Dilnot care cap

Jenna Towler
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The coalition will introduce the £35,000 cap on social care costs as recommended by the Dilnot "as soon as" it is able, the health minister said today.

Addressing the Conservative Party conference Jeremy Hunt said the government was facing up to the challenges faced by an ageing population.

He said: "We need to face up to some hard truths about how we are going to pay for social care. I am proud that next year's Care and Support Bill will mean that no one is forced to sell their house in their lifetime to pay for care. A historic change.

"But we also want to go further and implement the Dilnot cap on social care costs as soon as we are able."

He said the coalition would create an NHS and social care system fit for an ageing population.

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