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Care cap cost

Pensioners that are having to sell up everything – house, car, jewellery, gold teeth – have been given a boost by the news of plans to limit care bills to £50,000.

This is the cap to be considered by a commision of experts appointed by Health Secretary Andrew Lansley

The cap is favoured by the Commission on Funding Care and Support, whose chairperson Andrew Dilnot yesterday said:

'My impression is that what people want most is a resolution. There's a pretty widespread feeling that it's not unreasonable that people have to pay something, but they don't want to face losing everything.'

But whether this cap will mean OAPs won't have to sell the family jewels is a moot point, particularly if a couple need care and are handed a bill for £100,000.

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