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Surrey signs call for ministers to reform funding for elderly care

Surrey County Council’s Cabinet Member for Adult Social Care and Health has signed a letter urging ministers to ensure there is a cap on the amount elderly people have to pay for their care in old age.

Michael Gosling was a signatory to a letter in today’s Daily Telegraph asking the Coalition to implement Andrew Dilnot’s recommendations on reforming the system for funding care for the elderly “as soon as possible”.

A cap of £50,000 on the amount an individual would have to pay on their own care costs has been suggested by the 41 signatories of today’s letter. Above that, the state would pay for care, regardless of wealth.

In 2010 the Government asked Mr Dilnot to look into how the system of funding social care in England could be changed amid concerns about the cost of supporting an ageing population.

The Commission on Funding of Care and Support which he led called for a cap of £35,000 on the amount an individual would have to pay. This month a Department of Health working group proposed a £60,000 cap.

Last October, Mr Dilnot set out his recommendations and the reasons behind them at an event organised by the county council.

He told the meeting: “It is a stain on our policy-making history that for 60 years we haven’t managed to get some progress here, and we really, really need to.”

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