New analysis published by Labour has revealed that pensioners in the West Midlands now face paying almost £150,000 for their residential care before they hit the so-called 'cap' on care costs. Labour's Parliamentary Candidate for Worcester Joy Squires has lambasted the Tory-led Government for its actions.
Labour's Parliamentary Candidate for Worcester
Joy Squires has branded the Government's proposals a 'con', stating that
“Older people and their families in Worcester deserve better than to be conned in such underhanded way.“
Labour’s analysis also reveals that seven out of eight elderly people in the region will die before they reach this ‘cap’.
Labour’s Parliamentary Candidate for Worcester Joy Squires said:
“The vast majority of care home residents in our region won’t benefit even after spending all that money – seven out of eight will have passed away before they are eligible for any help at all under the Government’s new system.”
The 'cap' will be based on the standard rate local authorities pay for a bed in a care home in their area, not the actual amount self-funders are charged - which is much higher than the council rate.
In 2016/17, when the ‘cap’ is due to start, the average council rate for residential care in the West Midlands is estimated to be £504 a week, but the average price of a care home bed will average at around £568 a week, and hundreds of pounds more in many areas.
The difference between the council rate and what pensioners actually pay won’t count towards the ‘cap’.
Pensioners in care homes will also have to pay £230 a week for their 'hotel and accommodation' costs, which are counted separately from care costs, and which won’t count towards the ‘cap’.
Taking these factors into account, it will take approximately 5 years for elderly people in the region to hit the so-called ‘cap’, during which time they will have clocked up almost £150,000 for their actual residential care home bill.
Joy Squires, Labour’s Parliamentary Candidate for Worcester, stated:
“The Tory-led Government is trying it on again. They claim that their cost of care will be capped at £72,000, but the shocking truth is that pensioners in the West Midlands face paying almost twice as much before the so-called ‘cap’ kicks in.“
“This issue was raised by care providers at the Care Summit I hosted in Worcester recently with Liz Kendall. The Managing Director of Sanctuary Care, which is based in Worcester, pointed out that care home residents would have to stay in care for over five years to benefit from the Government’s ‘cap’. The average length of stay is nearer two years so the vast majority of care home residents will have died without seeing any benefit.”