Report lacks focus on elderly care, says MP

The Dilnot Commission report into the funding of care for the elderly does not focus enough on the quality of care older people receive, according to a Conservative MP.

John Redwood, chair of the Conservative Party’s economic affairs committee, told BBC Radio 4’s Today programme last Tuesday that the report focuses too much on protecting the inheritance of heirs and not enough on ensuring elderly people receive adequate and appropriate care.

The report, published in July, recommends capping individuals’ lifetime contributions to their social care costs at £35,000, as well as increasing the means-tested threshold above which people must fund the full cost of their care from £23,250 to £100,000.