Economist Andrew Dilnot has published his government commissioned report into funding for elderly care. The report sets out a number of proposals for changing the current care system, including a £35,000 cap on individual liability for care costs. Dilnot has defended his plans for changes to the way care is funded, telling critics that the changes would cost around £1.7bn per year, one four-hundreth of total public spending. He also suggested that tax could be increased to help fund the changes. Among the reforms are plans to raise the means-test threshold to £100,000 from £23,250 and to ensure that anyone entering adulthood with a severe disability should be eligible for free support without a means test. Dilnot had previously said that he wanted to end the current dilemma faced by many elderly people of selling their home to fund care bills. However, critics claim the plans are too expensive and may be kicked into the political long-grass, after health secretary Andrew Lansley said it would be unfair for people to pay more tax in order to fund the older generation. I do hope that something positive comes from this report. I have long considered it an injustice that if you were not born with a silver spoon in your mouth yet had worked hard all your working life to purchase your own property that you should not be forced to sell your children’s inheritance in order to pay for care. If you have no bricks and mortar assets for whatever reasons, which could be you were not in a job that paid well enough to fund a mortgage or you were feckless the state will fund your care needs until death. As it stands at present if I knew that dementia was setting in I would reach for a bottle of vodka and the paracetamol, as there is no way that my children will be deprived of what I consider to be rightly theirs.