Treasury blamed for failure to reform care funding

The Treasury is to blame for a failure to reform care funding in England, a former Lib Dem minister has said.

Paul Burstow said the Treasury saw no need for change and was happy to “kick the can down the road”.

Care groups have backed a proposal that the state cover elderly and disabled people’s care costs over £35,000.

The government, which is continuing to look into cheaper options, said the Treasury had played a major part in getting care back onto the agenda.

Ministers have said they support the principle of a cap, proposed by the independent Dilnot Commission – but as yet there is no commitment to finding the money to pay for it.

The Dilnot package would cost the Treasury almost £2bn a year.

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