Government review chief suggests care costs to be capped

Andrew Dilnot, whose commission will deliver a long-awaited report next month, has given his strongest hint yet that he believes that an upper limit should be placed on the fees paid out by those who need the most help in old age.

He also made it clear that more taxpayers’ money will have to be devoted to social care since the current system is as “ungenerous as it could be”.

But Mr Dilnot, an economist and former BBC journalist, insisted that people should not complain that Britain’s ageing population represents a “terrible burden” but rather “celebrate” the “fabulous” fact that people are living longer.

His comments, in an interview with Saga magazine, come amid a series of scandals in the care of the country’s most vulnerable people.

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