Those of us who followed the Dilnot Commission Report on Social Care in 2011, and then prepared for the introduction of a cap on care costs under the Care Act 2014, may be forgiven for wondering whether the latest reforms announced by the Government will really come to fruition.
As far back as April 2016, we were expecting the maximum a person would have to pay for their care to be capped at £72,000. The relevant provisions of the Care Act 2014 were put on the back burner and then scrapped entirely. Five years on, we are being told that from October 2023 there will be a cap of £86,000.
Reform is necessary and very welcome. I am keen to see the further detail that will be in the White Paper when it is published later this year.
The social care crisis is not a new problem. Successive governments have pledged to fix the system for decades. None has delivered on this promise so far.