Thank you for emailing me about the costs of home care.
Individuals have always contributed to the cost of their care. Charging is calculated on the basis that people should not be charged more than is reasonably practicable for them to pay, under the Care Act 2014.
In the Conservative Manifesto, on which I was proud to stand, we set out our aim to build the same level of consensus on social care that we have already built on the NHS, across political parties, so that an answer can be brought forward that solves the problem, commands the widest possible support, and stands the test of time. I firmly support the renewed commitment in the Queen's Speech to bring forward proposals to reform social care during this Parliament, and eagerly anticipate taking part in a conversation about establishing a care system fit for the 21st century.
I understand that the minimum income guarantee allowance is reviewed on an annual basis, with the next review due in January 2022. I will of course ensure that ministers are made aware of the points you have raised, particularly when considering future plans for social care reform.
At the Spending Review in November 2020, local authorities were enabled to access over £1 billion of spending for social care, through £300 million of social care grant, and the ability to levy a three per cent adult social care precept. This is in addition to the £1 billion social care grant announced during 2019, and the £3 billion provided to local authorities to address coronavirus pressures, including in adult social care. I know that this Government is committed to sustainable improvement of the adult social care system.
Thank you again for contacting me.