Former Government advisor Sir Andrew Dilnot has said ministers have a “moral duty” to introduce a cap on elderly care costs.
Sir Andrew, who led a cross-party commission on social care, told The Telegraph it was “silly” for the Government to argue reforms were unaffordable.
“There is a moral duty; we are letting people down in social care,” he said.
“I think we need to pool the risk and that means putting a cap in place.”
Sir Andrew’s comments came after Health Secretary Matt Hancock warned the Prime Minister last week that a £100,000 care cap could cost £3.4bn and mean significant tax rises.
Hancock told Theresa May in a leaked letter seen by The Telegraph that he is “concerned” that the cap is being included in the Social Care Green Paper, due to be published within weeks.
Sir Andrew’s report on social care, which was commissioned by the government in 2011, recommended a £35,000 cap.
Commenting on the Health Secretary’s remarks, Sir Andrew said the funding required for social care was “small” in terms of the country’s total spending.
He said the Government could increase taxes or cut some pensioner benefits to pay for the cap.