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Care capped

Economic pressure means phase two of the Care Act 2014 has been delayed until April 2020, but was it ever fit for purpose?

17 September 2015

The Care Act 2014 has undoubtedly been the biggest reform on how care is paid for since the introduction of the NHS in 1948. It has been the subject of much pomp and the widely heralded cap on care home fees was touted as a landmark reform throughout the act's debate in parliament, reiterated throughout the run up to the recent general election. The introduction of the care cap in April 2016 formed a central tenet of the Conservative party's manifesto in the run up to the 2015 general election.

It was therefore a surprise to many when, not with a bang but a whimper, it was determined that the care cap would be shelved until 2020. The news came by way of a letter from the Minister of State for Community and Social Care, addressed to the Chair of the Local Government Association. The circular referred to balancing the books, the extra time commitment that introducing these changes would take, and the failure of t...

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