By Daniel Martin Policy Editor For The Daily Mail
Published: 22:22 BST, 11 September 2020 | Updated: 22:22 BST, 11 September 2020
Boris Johnson’s plan to reform social care has been delayed again, leaving families continuing to face sky-high bills for the foreseeable future.
Insiders say no details will be released until Chancellor Rishi Sunak’s Autumn Statement in late November – or even later.
It is understood that Downing Street has gone back to square one after cooling on the idea of a cap on the costs of care.
The Prime Minister is now looking at a new plan based on the pensions system, with people getting basic care for free but with the ability to pay more for better care.
Families continue to face sky-high bills for the foreseeable future. Under England’s broken social care system, people pay the full cost of their care until their assets – including the value of their home – fall to below £23,250
Under the scheme, championed by Theresa May’s former deputy Damian Green, the elderly would pay more via their savings or housing wealth if they wanted larger rooms in a care home, more appetising meals or more frequent trips.
Earlier this week Health Secretary Matt Hancock was asked by MPs when the plan for social care would be published – and he refused to give an answer.
Last night charities said the further delay was ‘gut-wrenching’ for families.
Under England’s broken social care system, people pay the full cost of their care until their assets – including the value of