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340,000 elderly will be denied care in new cuts

Vital help to be restricted to those who need assistance with two or more tasks

  • Charities attacked new criteria announced by the Government last night 
  • Age UK said 340,000 would be denied care in ‘bleak’ future for elderly
  • Department of Health insisted new rules are meant to mirror old ones 

Vital help for elderly people will be restricted to only those who need help with two tasks or more, the Government said last night.

Councils have been told to provide home helps and other assistance only if people are unable to complete two or more essential daily tasks.

If they are unable to do only one of the 10 appointed tasks they should receive no help from their council – meaning they would have to pay for care themselves or do without it.

Vulnerable people in rural areas at risk from big changes in care

New legislation has been described as the biggest shake-up in the care system in more than 60 years.

By Western Morning News  |  Posted: October 21, 2014

 Ann McClements and Ken Crawford, of Devon Senior Voice, take a look at what it will mean.

Vulnerable people and their carers will be put in control of the support they receive when the first part of The Care Act 2014 comes into effect next April. It will also cap the amount anyone will have to pay.

Devon Senior Voice (DSV) – the voluntary forum for older people – has keenly followed its various stages and is focusing on the Act for the next six months, explaining the changes to all our members. We have recommended to all branches that they explore and discuss the implications.

The two core principles that run through the Act are personalisation and wellbeing.

More than 100 elderly a week are having properties seized to pay for care home fees

  • Between 30,000-40,000 thought to lose homes this way every year

  • Coalition promised a cap on care costs by 2016, but this will only apply to bills of £72,000 or more
  • Those with assets of more than £23,250 are expected to pay their own way 
  • Critics say the system denies families their inheritances and punishes those who have worked hard, saved and paid mortgages 

By Steve Doughty, Social Affairs Correspondent For The Daily Mail

More than 100 homes a week are being seized from elderly people by councils to pay for their care home fees.

Families have been forced to hand over properties because local authorities are refusing to pay for the care.