Not a single mention of Adult Social Care in the Budget last week but a long awaited ‘Green Paper’ on the reform of long term care funding for older people is expected before the summer recess July 2018, more than a year after the general election in June which promised consultations on social care funding to be brought forward and less than two years before Part Two of the Care Act 2014 is due to be implemented.
The Observer revealed (26th Nov) that the government has told local authorities it has dropped its plans to impose a cap on care costs in 2020. With the cap on care costs scrapped, what’s left for 2020?
Extending the use of Deferred Payment Agreements for domiciliary care, which would fit with the so called ‘Dementia Tax’, proposed scrapping of property disregards. Changes to the funding levels, required to implement a ceiling which may be easier for insurance products to manage. A revised appeal system which will be needed for the increase in deprivation of asset cases.
This ‘tipping point’ is being reviewed by a mixed committee which is welcomed but it seems that they are only consider how older people will pay towards long term care as social care for younger adults will be left trusting a “parallel programme of work”.
A disjointed approach is fairly typical but not to take an all age approach and leave out the fastest growing group of younger adults with learning difficulties is a mistake. Prepare, plan and prevent… How can we do any of those things if we don’t start early enough. With almost half Social Care budget spent on younger adults why wait until it’s too late for care fee planning?