Five local authorities in England will pilot the care cap system of adult social care charging reform system.
The announcement names the following local authority trailblazers: Wolverhampton, Blackpool (pictured), Cheshire East, Newham, North Yorkshire.
In these authorities, the Care Cap of £86,000 plus new means test, will be put place in January 2023 ahead of a national rollout in October of the same year.
The authorities were selected to ensure a cross section of experience, useful to providers and authorities in all parts of England. Information events for other local authorities based on the trailblazers’ experience will take place before the final rollout.
From October 2023 no-one starting to receive care will pay more than £86,000 over their lifetime, and no-one with assets of less than £20,000 will have to make any contribution from their savings or housing wealth – up from £14,250. Anyone with assets between £20,000 and £100,000 will be eligible for some means-tested support with the upper limit more than four times the current limit.