In response to the announcement from the Department of Health that it is delaying plans to introduce a £72,000 cap on social care costs until April 2020, Janet Morrison, Chief Executive of Independent Age, the Older People’s charity said:

''The delay in introducing the cap appears to be a belated recognition by the government that the social care system is under immense strain. It needs to be the first step in an urgent review of social care funding that allows councils to respond to the unprecedented demand they face from an ageing population. However the cap must not be quietly abandoned - it is a necessary measure to protect older people against the 'catastrophic' care costs that some will face. It is also disappointing that there has been a delay announced in an important Care Act measure giving everyone the right to ask their council to arrange their care home place for them - potentially at a lower rate than they could buy it as individuals.”

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