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Social care

Asked if the Prime Minister could deny claims that disability benefits would be cut to pay for homecare for the elderly, the PMS said that the question was in reference to the social care package announced in The Queen’s Speech. The package enabled people to stay at home and receive care rather than having to go into a residential home. In the long term we hoped it would bring down the cost of social care and it would benefit 400,000 people with the highest care needs. The cost was circa 670 million. No existing benefit recipient would lose out as a result of this.

Put that Lord Lipsey had criticised the Government’s plans on social care, the PMS said that Lord Lipsey had been talking about the cost of the plans and this had been addressed in the previous question. It was an important area; we had to look forward and address the long-term care costs that were such a big drain on public resources.

Put that there had been suggestions that the bill wasn’t ready, the PMS said that we wouldn’t put bills forward unless we felt relatively confident that we could make sure that they went through.

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