Funding social care

The independent think tank Reform has published Funding social care: the role of deferred payment agreements.

This report explores whether housing assets could be better used to fund residential care. It finds that while the Department of Health had high hopes for deferred payment agreements (DPAs), uptake since the Care Act has been disappointing.

Reform’s paper argues low uptake can be explained by the restrictive means test for DPA support, and considers the merit of increasing the eligibility threshold to people with non-housing assets of £100,000.

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