MEMBERS of Parliament (MPs) have voted for the social care cap in England.

MP, Sir David Evennett, for Bexleyheath and Crayford decided to support Prime Minister (PM) Boris Johnson, in the voting.

A cap on care costs is the amount anyone should have to pay for social care.

MPs had voted 272 to 246, a majority of 26, to add the proposal to the Health and Care bill.

The proposal was announced in early September by the government.

The social care cap is set as £86,000 as of October 2023.

What does this mean?

People with less than £20,000 in assets, including value of their home or investments, will not have to pay towards their care.

Those with assets between £20,000 and £100,000 will be eligible for council help but have to pay the £86,000 themselves to reach the cap.

Residents with more than £100,000 in assets including the value of their home, savings or investments, will not get financial help.

If an asset falls below £100,000, people will be able to claim means-tested payments.

The means tested payments from your local council will not count towards the proposed cap.

If a benefit is means-tested this would mean eligibility to claim money will depend on your income.

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Consertavies Gareth Bacon, MP for Orpington, and Gareth Johnson, MP for Dartford, as well as Bob Stewart – Beckenham backed the PM.

Labour MPs all voted against. This included Janet Daby - Lewisham East, Clive Efford – Eltham, Matthew Pennycook - Greenwich and Woolwich and Vicky Foxcroft - Lewisham, Deptford.

18 Conservative members had voted against the plans, joining Labour, the Liberal Democrats and the SNP