There are further changes set to come in for 2020. These may include:
- A cap on how much you have to spend on your care needs. Anything you or your local authority spends on your eligible needs will be added up in your care account. Once it reaches £72,000, the local authority will pay for all your eligible needs. This will exclude your daily living costs, things like food and accommodation in a care home. The proposed figure of £72,000 for the cap could change by 2020 due to inflation.
- Your local authority can reassess your care needs, even if you pay for your own care. This is because the local authority works out how much your care should cost to meet your eligible needs, and adds this up. It needs to check every so often that the amount it thinks you should be spending is still correct.
- New rules about top-up fees in care homes mean you may be able to pay them yourself. Top-up fees may apply if you move into a care home that costs more than the local authority can pay.
If you’re not happy about a decision made about your care, you have a new right to complain and appeal, and for this to be independently investigated.