Frequently asked questions

Find answers to some important questions on the changes to the care and support system.

Who is responsible for paying what under the care and support funding reforms?

For the reforms to be fair, there are clear responsibilities for the State and for individuals. Individuals will be responsible for: their care costs up to the cap if they can afford it any top-up they spend on care any … Read more → – Who is responsible for paying what under the care and support funding reforms?

The care and support funding cap is set to be a maximum of £75,000 in 2017. Will the cap change in future?

Yes. The cap will need to change over time, to maintain the agreed affordable partnership between the State and individual. The cap needs rise over time to ensure a resilient and long term solution. Where people are already contributing towards … Read more → – The care and support funding cap is set to be a maximum of £75,000 in 2017. Will the cap change in future?

How will the care and support funding cap work for younger people with care needs?

People of working age who develop care needs before retirement age will benefit from a cap that’s lower than £75,000. People who have care needs before they turn 18 will effectively have their cap set at zero.  

How will you make these care and support funding reforms a reality? What legislation is required?

We currently have the draft Care and Support Bill going through pre-legislative scrutiny. This can be amended to include provisions for the cap, and we will be introducing the appropriate clauses at the time the Bill is introduced. We will … Read more → – How will you make these care and support funding reforms a reality? What legislation is required?

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What is the Dilnot Commission?

The Dilnot Commission, was an independent panel that was set up to look at the fairest and most sustainable way to fund social care. The Dilnot Commission published recommendations on how to share costs between the state and individuals in … Read more → – What is the Dilnot Commission?

When will the changes to the care and support system happen?

Some changes will take longer than others. We can say when some of the changes are going to happen, but for others we can’t provide specific dates at the moment. For changes set out in the draft Care and Support Bill, for example, … Read more → – When will the changes to the care and support system happen?

What areas of the UK do these changes apply to?

The changes to care and support described on this site – and set out in the White Paper, ‘Caring for our future: reforming care and support’ and in the draft Care and Support Bill – apply to England only. The … Read more → – What areas of the UK do these changes apply to?