Details of how a £900m-a-year care shake-up will hit poor pensioners will only be published NEXT YEAR, the Tory Health Secretary has admitted.
Sajid Javid said it is still months before he will reveal any estimate of how many poorer and northern care residents could be forced to sell their homes.
The news will enrage Tory MPs, 19 of whom rebelled to vote against the shake-up on Monday night.
The move passed despite the revolt, after ministers vowed an impact assessment of how it will hit the poorest.
Boris Johnson ’s spokesman said on Monday it would be published in “due course”, adding: “I don’t believe it’s being published today.”
But writing to the Commons Treasury Committee, Mr Javid revealed: “The full Impact Assessment for our proposals will be published early in the new year.”
Branded an “inheritance tax on the north”, the change will make it harder for poorer people to reach an £86,000 cap on lifetime care costs.
That is because for those who get state funding – when they have less than £100k in assets – only the amount they actually pay themselves will count towards the £86,000 cap. The amount the local council pays won’t count.
Mr Javid admitted in his letter that it was a cost-cutting measure that was less generous than proposals in 2015.
He warned keeping the 2015 proposals would have cost £900m a year adding: “This is a lot of taxpayers’ money.”
But he insisted his proposals were £800m a year more generous in other areas than the 2015 proposals.
Daily living costs will be set at £200 a week rather than £258, costing the Treasury an extra £600m, while another tweak will cost the Treasury £200m.
Mr Javid wrote: “All these things are a balance, and we have had to make tough choices elsewhere when considering the longer term cost of reform and what proportion of the future health and social care levy revenues we want to earmark for this purpose.”
But Treasury Committee chair Mel Stride wrote: “It is disappointing that the Government’s response to my request for an impact assessment on these changes was received so late in the day.
“The letter, which was sent half an hour before Parliament was set to vote on the changes last night, does not provide the full assessment requested.
“I have real concerns about the way these changes have been introduced and the Treasury Committee will continue to keep up the pressure on the Government to publish a full impact assessment as soon as possible.”