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Andy Burnham MP, Labour's Shadow Health Secretary, responding to reports that the Government will commit to a cap of £75k on social care costs, said:

"If these reports are true, the Government will have fallen far short of a fair solution to the care crisis. A cap on care bills of £75k per person, or £150k per couple, will not protect the home and life savings of an average family.

"George Osborne needs to address the immediate funding crisis. Since this Government came to power, £1.3bn has been cut from council social care budgets. Care charges are spiralling upwards for the most vulnerable people in society.

"Andrew Dilnot's proposed cap of £35k would be a significant step towards helping older people protect what they've worked for. Labour remains open to cross-Party talks on funding the Dilnot plan and are disappointed they have decided to go it alone with this half-baked alternative."

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