Our strategic partner, Ridouts are a team of specialist health and social care lawyers. Ridouts are unique in their approach as they only advise health and social care professionals and other bodies that advise the sector, such as other law firms looking for expertise. This specialism means that, not only, do they know the law that governs the sector, but they also know the nuances that can occur. There is no textbook way of operating a care business and with Ridouts support not only gives you a team that knows the regulations, but also how to interpret them in the context of multi-faceted pressures, conflicting stakeholder input, and quite simply, what the day job looks like to you.
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Understanding the cap on care costs
On 7 September 2021, the Government set out its new plan for adult social care reform in England which included a cap on the amount an individual will spend on care in their lifetime. The policy has been hotly debated and has seen wide press coverage.
What is the cap?
It is proposed that from October 2023 there will be an £86,000 cap on the amount anyone in England will have to spend on their personal care over their lifetime and the cap will apply irrespective of a person’s age or income. The first step will involve a needs assessment. Once a person has been assessed as having eligible needs, contributions towards the cost of meeting their eligible needs will be clocked until they reach £86,000, and after that point the local authority will meet the full costs of that individual’s eligible needs.