Welsh Labour’s Minister for Social Services and Public Health, Rebecca Evans, has announced that from next year people will be able to keep more of their money when in residential care.
The Welsh Labour Government’s five year plan, “Taking Wales Forward”, committed to more than doubling the capital limit used in charging for residential social care, from £24,000 to £50,000.
Rebecca Evans has announced that the new limit will be implemented in phases, starting with an increase to £30,000 from April next year.
The decision to phase implementation reflects feedback from local authorities and care home providers and is designed to ensure they have sufficient time to adapt to the changes. It also takes into account independent research commissioned by the Welsh Government to obtain up to date costings for implementing the change.
From next April a full disregard of the War Disablement Pension (WDP) will also be introduced in all local authority financial assessments for charging for social care. This change will ensure armed forces veterans in receipt of these pensions will not be required to use them to pay for the cost of their care.