Capped social care costs from October 2023
The government has announced new plans to cap social care costs in England from October 2023. This change is expected to see the introduction of a new £86,000 cap on care costs across an individual’s lifetime.
There will also be the following measures of financial assistance for those without substantial assets:
- Anyone with less than £20,000 of assets will not have to pay anything towards their care from their savings or the value of their home.
- People with between £20,000 and £100,000 of assets will be eligible for some means-tested financial support on a sliding scale.
- The new upper capital limit of £100,000 is more than four times the current limit of £23,250. This means more people will be eligible for some means-tested Local Authority support.
If someone’s assets are over £100,000 then full fees must be paid. However, the maximum that a person will have to pay over their lifetime towards personal care costs will be £86,000 as a result of the new cap. If the payment of these fees means that their remaining assets fall below £100,000 then some further financial support should be available. Once the £86,000 cap is reached, Local Authorities will pay for all eligible personal care costs.
Individuals may choose to “top up” their care costs by paying the difference towards a more expensive service, but this will not count towards the cap. There is also an important exception for ‘living costs’ which could amount to additional significant costs. There will be a lot more detail on these changes to come and of course the old limits will continue for the next 2 years, and any monies paid will not be part of the new cap.