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London Councils responds to Dilnot announcement

Released on 11 February 2013

London Councils’ Executive Member for Adult Services, Councillor Ravi Govindia, said: 

“We have been calling for funding reform for many years and this move by the Government to try to address the issues raised by local councils is very welcome. The next step is to ensure that proposals are funded properly and I will want to see details of how funding will be provided.

“It is vital this funding reflects London’s unique circumstances; a higher proportion of older people living alone, more expensive housing costs and higher prices paid for care are all factors that affect a person’s ability to pay for their own social care needs.

“Increasing the asset threshold from £23,250 to £123,000 is likely to see councils in London having to pay more in future towards the care of a higher number of people than in other regions.

“Unless fully funded, this proposal would add to the estimated £907 million funding gap on adult social care that councils face in five years’ time.