Commenting on the joint report out today by the Housing, Communities and Local Government and Health and Social Care Committees on the 'Long term funding of adult social care', Jules Constantinou, President-elect at the Institute and Faculty of Actuaries, said:
“Today’s report highlights the unfair impact that the current means test has on those with fewer assets. Our recent research shows that those with assets between £20k and £40k lose at least 80p in means tested benefits for every £1 saved. However, if the Care Act 2014 is implemented in 2020, this drops to 50p lost in means tested benefits for every £1 saved. While this is an improvement, it doesn’t completely remove the disincentive to save for long term care. This is compounded by a complex funding system which makes it difficult for people to understand how much they will need to save. Funding reform needs to be sustainable and communicated in a way that the public can understand.
“We are pleased to see the recommendation to establish an independent body tasked with modelling and future forecasts. Actuaries are experts in this type of long term analysis and well placed to be involved with this initiative.”
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