Mar 17 2013
The Government will speed up the introduction of a new, simple state pension system and a cap on the cost of social care, Chancellor George Osborne has announced.
The single-tier pension will be introduced in 2016, a year earlier than previously planned, and would be a "huge boost" for people who want to save for their retirement.
The cap on social care costs, originally planned to be set at £75,000 and introduced in 2017, will now also be introduced in 2016 at a level of £72,000.
Mr Osborne told BBC1's Andrew Marr Show it would mean people were "protected from the rather random costs of getting a disease late in life and seeing your home sold to pay for those care costs".
He said the cap, as recommended by the Dilnot Commission, would mean "you have to pay £72,000 of care costs but after that, for the rest of your life, those care costs will be covered by the state".
The single-tier pension is set to be worth around £144 a week.
Ahead of Wednesday's Budget, Mr Osborne said that the "generous" pension would be "a huge boost for people who want to save for their retirement".
"That is another example of how this Government is helping people who want to save, people who want to leave something to their children like their home, people who want to get on in life, people who do the right thing.
"Those two decisions are going to be enormously helpful."