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Wednesday, 22 July 2015

UK: The Renting Generation - and Care Fees for the Elderly; Social Care, Failing System

From The Guardian - The housing ladder starts to collapse for the under-40s - "Report predicts house price rises of 5% a year and shortage of affordable homes, as cost of deposit locks people out of property market".

From MailOnline - Betrayal on care fees forces thousands of families to take crippling council loans and surrender a large chunk of their inheritance

- Manifesto pledge to cap care costs at £72,000 will be delayed until 2020
- Critics say it makes the vow to raise the inheritance tax threshold useless
- Many are forced to take council loans until the house is sold after death
- Councils charge interest and admin costs which some dubbed 'death tax'

The Observer (update) - Social care chief savages failing system for elderly

The Observer - Cash-starved, demoralised and sometimes cruel: how England’s social care system fails the most vulnerable

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