Care Costs

Oral Answers to Questions — Health – in the House of Commons at 11:30 am on 10th June 2014.

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Photo of Andrew Bridgen Andrew Bridgen Conservative, North West Leicestershire 11:30 am, 10th June 2014

What progress his Department has made in introducing a cap on care costs.

Photo of Norman Lamb Norman Lamb The Minister of State, Department of Health

Everyone will be protected against catastrophic costs by the insurance the cap provides from April 2016, in line with the Dilnot commission’s recommendations. We are working through the detail of how it will operate in partnership with stakeholders. We will publish draft regulations and guidance for consultation towards the end of the year.

Photo of Andrew Bridgen Andrew Bridgen Conservative, North West Leicestershire

I thank the Minister for that statement. I have constituents who are very concerned about how they will continue to fund ongoing care costs in the interim period, when the proceeds of an asset or house sale have dissipated. What reassurance can my hon. Friend give my constituents?

Photo of Norman Lamb Norman Lamb The Minister of State, Department of Health

I thank my hon. Friend for that question. Another reform that we are introducing is universal access to a deferred payment agreement for everyone who would otherwise be forced to sell their home to pay for care—something of which we should be very proud. That will be introduced in April 2015 and it will mean that no one has to sell their home during their lifetime to pay for their care.

Photo of Meg Munn Meg Munn Labour, Sheffield, Heeley

For the avoidance of doubt, will the Minister list the care costs that will not be included?

Photo of Norman Lamb Norman Lamb The Minister of State, Department of Health

The amount that will count towards the clock running to reach the cap will be based on what the local authority determines will be the cost of meeting a person’s eligible care needs. That is exactly the model that Andrew Dilnot recommended, and we are implementing it as he recommended.

Photo of Keith Vaz Keith Vaz Chair, Home Affairs Committee

Last Thursday, the first ever care home diabetes audit was published. It showed a significant lack of support for the 37,000 people with diabetes who live in care homes. Will the Minister confirm that when a person in a care home has diabetes, there will be no lack of funding to help them?

Photo of Norman Lamb Norman Lamb The Minister of State, Department of Health

I pay tribute to the right hon. Gentleman for his tireless campaigning on diabetes. He has played an essential role in ensuring that it is brought to public attention. It is critical that people who require care for diabetes get access to the care they need, whether they are living in a care home or in their own home.