This reminds us, as we have commented here before, that most people won’t benefit from the £72,000 cap on care costs. The extent to which people will benefit will also depend a lot on where people live.
The report highlighted that because the cap is on direct care costs only, so doesn’t cover accommodation and living expenses, but rather, just the amount a local authority pays for care, people can actually expect to spend an average of £140,000 before reaching the cap.
While the cap will help avoid what Andrew Dilnot dubbed “catastrophic care costs” for people who go into care for a long time, it does not solve all of the problems in the care system. It will not, as the report reminds us, replace savings and housing equity as the key means of paying for care.
In other news, we were disappointed by veteran TV presenter, Cilla Black this week, who once again commented that she doesn’t want to see “old women on TV”. In an interview in the Observer, she said she prefers to see young pretty faces on screen and only thinks ageing stars should stay on TV if they are especially talented. Cilla, 70, is clearly sticking by her views, which she also revealed in the Daily Express back in June 2013.
Thank heavens, however, that not all entertainers are worried by their ageing appearances since this would have prevented 62-year-old bassist, R. Stevie Moore, captivating audiences in London last night. Moore played in Dalston’s Cafe Oto, the tiny East London music venue which, thanks to its steady diet of avant-garde music, was named Britain’s coolest venue by Italian Vogue in 2012. Awash with flowing white beard and inspiringly mismatched attire, the longtime sideman for Elvis Presley and Roy Orbison, who has also released over 400 albums of his own since 1968, showed that his creativity and finger skills are going nowhere. Even after downing a bottle of wine on stage and encouraging the entire audience to join him in getting “hammered”.