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Social care: Jeremy Hunt hails 'fully-funded' solution

Plans for a £75,000 cap on the amount the elderly will have to pay for social care in England will give people "greater peace of mind", Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt has said.

Mr Hunt told MPs the current social care system was unfair and left many families facing "ruinous" costs.

He also announced a rise from £23,250 to £123,000 in the amount of assets people have before having to contribute to the costs of basic nursing care.

Ministers say the package is fully funded and will be paid for, in part, by a freeze in the inheritance tax threshold. Labour said progress was "modest".

Alison Holt reports.

  • 11 Feb 2013
  • From the section Health
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