Councils could offer loans to homeowners in Dilnot report proposal
Commission will suggest fund-raising changes allowing local authorities to lend money against the value of property
David Brindle and Andrew Sparrow
The Guardian, Monday 4 July 2011
Andrew Dilnot’s report into old age care reform will offer local councils the power to lend to homeowners entering residential care. Photograph: David Levene
Local councils are poised to take on a major financial services role under proposed reforms to be unveiled on Monday of the funding system for the care of elderly and disabled people.
Under the scheme, local authorities will be empowered to make a loan at a preferential rate against the value of a property owned by someone entering a care home. The loan would be redeemed on the sale of the property after the person dies.
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