General election 2017: New alerting over social care plans – BBC News

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Conservative plans to change social care fund 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 when they are die.

The Conservative 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 strategies.

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.

The Conservatives’ plan would extend this right to those receiving care in their own homes, who would have to pay until they were down to their last 100,000.

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