London’s additional social care bill to top £1bn

Changes to adult social care could leave London boroughs with an additional bill of £1.14billion – equivalent to half the current annual cost of adult social care for the capital – according to London Councils. The proposed lifetime contribution limit for individuals of £72,000 along with other changes is expected to cost London’s boroughs an additional £1.14bn by 2020. London Councils also warned that people are not clear about the likely costs of care in old age and called for a campaign to raise awareness of costs. An Ipsos MORI poll of 1000 Londoners, commissioned by London Councils, showed 58 per cent believe that should they need to use care and support services in the future these will be free.