MP hits out at plans for 'social care cap'

MP hits out at plans for 'social care cap'

by Tom Martin (November 2021)

BOOTLE MP Peter Dowd has hit out at government plans to introduce a ‘social care cap’, claiming it will lead to a “top-down reorganisation of our NHS.”

On Monday, November 22, MPs narrowly backed an amendment to the Health and Care Bill by 272 votes to 246.

MP Dowd believe his constituency, which includes parts of Waterloo, Litherland and Seaforth, will be one of the hardest hit areas.

The new social care proposal is to exclude means-tested council support payments from a new £86,000 lifetime limit on costs.

Those who oppose the plan argue that poorer people would lose out from the change, but PM Boris Johnson insists it is more generous than the current system.

The cap will cover fees for personal care, like help with washing and dressing. It will not cover living costs such as care home fees, food or utility bills.

Peter Dowd voted against the bill, saying: “This is a moment of great pressure on the NHS. Yet there is nothing in the legislation to address the greatest challenges facing the NHS. I believe the government’s focus must instead be on ensuring that services are appropriately staffed and have the resources they need.

“But instead, the government are yet again hitting hard working homeowners with higher care costs while the wealthiest remain untouched. Elderly people and their families across my constituency deserve better and are being failed yet again by this Tory government.”

With the average house price standing at £135,000, many homeowners in Bootle constituency will be hit with higher costs, whilst those with homes worth over £186k will be unaffected, according to MP Dowd.

The bill will now head to the House of Lords, where peers are widely expected to push for changes to the government’s blueprint for how the cap will work.

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