Legislation has recently been passed that from October 2023 no person will have to pay more than £86,000 for their personal care costs as this will be capped and include a more generous means test, you can read the full government proposal here. Advancements in this strategy have already taken place as funding has been issued to kickstart the reform initiative.
Funding for implementation of reforms
To help implement social care charging reforms over £15m in funding has been given to local authorities in England. This funding will be used to hire extra staff, prepare care homes’ workforce and recruit IT staff to oversee the implementation of the care accounts as part of the charging reforms.
The government has said further support will be made available later to strengthen capacity and support the implementation of technology that can support charging reform.
Trailblazer local authorities
An additional £2.9m of funding will also be distributed across trailblazer local authorities to cover the costs of implementing charging reform early.
What are trailblazer local authorities?
The trailblazing authorities are areas that have been selected to ensure any insight, evidence and lessons learned from this initiative will be useful to providers and authorities to support the rollout in all parts of England.
Minister for Care, Gillian Keegan, said: “Our charging reforms will mean no one will have to face unpredictable and often catastrophic care costs and this new funding will help local authorities to implement these vital changes.
“We’re committed to fair and high-quality care, and this is the beginning of our journey of reform, creating the next step in making our ambitious plans a reality.
“We’re working closely with local authorities, providers, and care receivers to deliver a smooth transition into the new system to end unpredictable cost of care for the public.”
Get in contact
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