Thursday 21 February 2019 / 12:01 AM Barbara Keeley / Social Care

Older and disabled adults nearly £2 billion worse off since scrapping of the social care cost cap

New analysis by Labour of official data from the Department of Health and Social Care shows that vulnerable older and working age disabled adults are worse off by nearly £2 billion for their care since the Government dropped its plans to introduce a care cost cap in 2016.

Financial transfers to older and working age adults will have topped £1.25 billion by March this year – the amount they would have saved by not having to pay for care.

Added to this, over £600 million of costs would have been saved by people through “peace of mind” benefits.

In addition, people in need of care have lost nearly £800 million because of delays to the publication of the Government’s Green Paper.

Barbara Keeley MP, Labour’s Shadow Cabinet Minister for Social Care, said:

“People who expected to receive their care free are now paying eye watering sums to get the social care they need while others struggle to access care to which they are entitled.

“People who need care can’t afford this feckless Government kicking social care funding further into the long grass.

“Labour will place a lifetime cap on social care costs as part of our plans to build a National Care Service.”