Andrew Dilnot on social care cap and inheritances

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Economist Andrew Dilnot said "more progress" had been made into his government-commissioned report into social care that recommended people in England and Wales should not pay more than £35,000 for social care.

Press reports suggest Downing Street is to accept the findings and fund the move, put at £1.7bn a year in Dilnot's report, and he said the government has since revised that figure to £0.75bn with a higher cap.

He said: "That does not seem to me a large amount of money to transform a structure that I think almost everybody accepts at the moment is a terrible mess."

Some thought ministers had looked set to reject the report, but the author said he was "not terribly convinced" it had ever been kicked into the long-grass.

Reacting to comments from Conservative MP John Redwood, Mr Dilnot said it was "not about protecting people's inheritances" but giving people "control over their lives at a time when they're vulnerable and need that control."

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