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General election 2017: New warning over social care plans

Conservative plans to change social care funding in England may be derailed by councils, an ex-minister has warned.

The party wants to include the value of someone’s home when deciding how much they must pay towards care at home – but allow them to pay after they die.

The Conservatives say the changes ensure fairness across the generations.

But Sir Steve Webb, the ex-Lib Dem pensions minister, says there is already a “lottery” in the way councils use existing deferred payment schemes.

Currently, people living in residential care can ask their local authority to pay their bill and recover the money from the sale of their family home after they die.

Read more at BBC.co.uk

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