The Government is at risk of forgetting the poorest in the long-term care funding debate according to new research.
Work and pensions secretary Iain Duncan Smith's think tank The Centre for Social Justice (CSJ) has said while Dilnot's proposals are preoccupied with shielding individuals from using all of their assets for care fees, the neediest are being left behind.
Christian Guy, the managing director of the CSJ, said: "Our social care system is on life support and public money is in short supply. Years of political paralysis must now come to an end.
Under the current means-tested system, pensioners with assets below £23,250 are dependent on help from the state. Andrew Dilnot has proposed raising this threshold to £100,000 and capping the amount an individual would have to contribute to their care.
One care manager told the CSJ: "Someone needs to come in and give more investment for the poorest."
Guy added: "Given that the current social care system is in crisis, attracting just less than 10% cent of the £140 billion spent on the elderly, it should take precedence in a renewed effort to ease the plight of our oldest people.
"Understandably, there is a lot of concern about better-off pensioners being forced to sell their homes and use the proceeds to pay for their care until they drop below the means-tested threshold.
But Ministers should make the most vulnerable people and the unacceptable conditions they face their first priority, then phase in the Dilnot recommendations so that help can be extended to all."
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