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Social care cap for elderly 'to be set at £75,000'

Elderly people in England will not have to pay more than £75,000 for long-term social care after 2017, the health secretary is expected to say on Monday.

The cost of any care above that amount would be paid for by the state.

The figure is much higher than that recommended by the government-commissioned Dilnot report, which said any cap should be set at £35,000.

Iain Watson reports.

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