Wealthy pensioners could lose their winter fuel payments and free TV licences to help raise money for long-term elderly care, a government adviser said yesterday.

Lord Warner, who sat on last year’​s inquiry into the funding of social care, added that ministers should consider a new ‘​granny tax’​ that would involve scrapping older people’​s exemption from paying National Insurance.

The former Labour minister also suggested deducting money from people’​s estates after death to pay for the long-term care they received in old age.

Lord Warner, who was a member of the Dilnot Commission, has been asked by Health Secretary Andrew Lansley to come up with a fair funding system for long-term care.

At present, tens of thousands end up having to sell their homes to pay care-home fees –​ denying their children an inheritance.

The Dilnot Commission suggested a cap of £​35,000 on the amount that individuals can be charged for care –​ but the Treasury is understood to have baulked at the plan’​s £​1.7billion cost.

Whitehall admitted yesterday that a long-promised White Paper on social care could be months away.

Full story on This Is Money


Write comments...
or post as a guest
Loading comment... The comment will be refreshed after 00:00.

Be the first to comment.

We use cookies

We use cookies on our website. Some of them are essential for the operation of the site, while others help us to improve this site and the user experience (tracking cookies). You can decide for yourself whether you want to allow cookies or not. Please note that if you reject them, you may not be able to use all the functionalities of the site.