A joint report from the Department of Health, Department for Work and Pensions and Department for Communities and Local Government will warn this week that a rising number of elderly people face losing “almost all of their wealth” to pay for social care. The report warns that the country may not be able to afford to fund a £35,000 cap on care costs amid a rapidly expanding population. The submission notes that by 2030, the number of pensioners is forecast to rise by 51%, while the number of disabled older people is expected to increase by 61% to 4m. The Government predicts that these rises will lead to unprecedented pressure on the NHS, councils and the state pension system. As a result, the report estimates that number of older people forced to rely on families and friends for help with care costs will double by 2030.
- Elderly face losing ‘almost all of their wealth’ (itv.com)
- National News: Savings ‘risk’ in social care plans (coventrytelegraph.net)