Latest updates: PM admits that, under his plans to reform social care, some pensioners could still be forced to sell their homes
The Downing Street lobby briefing has just ended, and the readout from the prime minister’s spokesman about what was said at cabinet this morning included an important concession from Boris Johnson. The PM has admitted that, under his plans to reform social care, some pensioners could still be forced to sell their homes to pay for their care needs.
Summarising what Johnson told cabinet, the spokesman said Johnson opened the meeting by welcoming last night’s Commons vote.
[Johnson] reiterated the changes the government were introducing would finally address the long-standing problem that leaves one in seven people facing catastrophic care costs, changes backed by a significant funding increase support for the social care sector.
He said the amendment meant more people would benefit with the charge for daily living costs set lower than in previous proposals and a £100,000 floor under which the government provides support, which applies both to residential and domiciliary care, recognising that half of people who receive care do something in their own homes.
We will build a cross-party consensus to bring forward an answer that solves the problem, commands the widest possible support, and stands the test of time. That consensus will consider a range of options but one condition we do make is that nobody needing care should be forced to sell their home to pay for it.