Q&A: Social care

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image captionThousands of frail and vulnerable people rely on care services organised by councils

Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt has announced government plans for wide-ranging social care reforms in England in a statement to the Commons on Monday.

But what is the situation in England at present and why is reform necessary?

Those with assets worth less than £123,000 will be means-tested for support. The average value of homes - most people's largest asset - shows that those below the qualifying threshold live mainly in the Midlands and north of England.

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