Jamie Reed MP, Labour’s Shadow Health Minister, said in response to reports of a cap on care costs:
“This announcement will not help the thousands of older and disabled people who face a desperate daily struggle to get the support they need right now.
“Instead, Ministers are offering false reassurances that older people won’t have to pay more than £72,000 or sell their homes to pay for the costs of care.
“More than £1.8 billion has been cut from local council budgets for older people’s social care since this Government came to power. David Cameron has unleashed a funding crisis in social care.
“We must see immediate action to improve the care system, which is why Labour called for £1.2 billion of the NHS under-spend - handed back to the Treasury in March - to be given to social care to ease the short-term funding crisis over the next two years.
“Labour has also put forward bold proposals for a genuinely integrated NHS and social care system which helps supports older people with services in their community.”<div>