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Social Services: Fees and Charges

Health written question – answered on 8th November 2011.

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Photo of Rushanara Ali Rushanara Ali Shadow Minister (International Development)

To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will publish the evidential basis used by his Department to set £23,250 as the proposed means-tested threshold for social care costs.

Photo of Paul Burstow Paul Burstow The Minister of State, Department of Health

With effect from 1 April 1993, the National Assistance (Assessment of Resources) Regulations 1992 set the upper capital limit at £16,000. This was based on the figure used in the financial assessment for income support. Due to the passage of time, it is not possible to establish the reasons that the level set was felt to be appropriate at the time. Contemporary papers and reports are not available.

Since 1993, the upper capital limit, for residential charging, has been periodically uprated. The last uprating, to £23,250, was in 2010.

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