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Health boss calls for care views
8:59am Friday 9th August 2013 in News
THE leader of a North Yorkshire care group has called on residents and businesses to help shape the way care for elderly and vulnerable people is paid for by taking part in a Government consultation.
Plans to cap the amount people pay towards later-life care from 2016 have been announced, with anybody having assets of more than £118,000 having to pay the first £72,000 of their care costs before state help is available. The Independent Care Group (York and North Yorkshire) said there would also be a “bed and board” bill of up to £12,000 in a nursing home, but fewer than one in ten people know about the proposed reforms.
The consultation runs until October 25. The group’s chairman, Mike Padgham, said: “These changes will have a profound impact on people needing social care in the future and it is important they know about them and make their views known.
“The Independent Care Group believes the reforms are long overdue and a move in the right direction, but we also believe they are just proposals at this stage and may be altered following consultation, while the level the cap has been set at is higher than originally suggested and will clearly limit the number of people who will benefit from it. It is vital people make their views known as the Government won’t make changes unless they do.”
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