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    • Middle classes will be forced to stump up £35,000 to pay for care aspensionersBy DAILY MAIL REPORTER The better off will be expected to cover at least the first £35,000 oftheir care in old age under recommendations by a government-commissioned review, it was reported today. Forthcoming proposals by the Dilnot Commission will call for morestate funding for elderly care so that the current £23,250-threshold meanstest can be increased. But it will also cap the contributions of those with higher-than-average assets at between £35,000 and £50,000, according to theObserver. People will be encouraged to take out insurance to cover thecost. The proposals, expected to be published within the next couple ofweeks, are hoped by ministers to bring a consensus to what has been ahighly inflammatory subject on which the political parties have failed towork together in the past. However, there were already tensions at the top of the coalitionGovernment, with Liberal Democrats keen on the proposals and Tories lesskeen to reopen a potentially damaging subject. Cross-party talks between all three main parties broke down beforethe last general election amid Tory accusations that Labour wanted toimpose a death tax to pay for social care. The economist Andrew Dilnot was appointed by the coalition lastyear to study the issue and make recommendations on an area in whichthe ageing population is creating a growing multi-billion pound blackhole. Organisations including Age UK, the British Heart Foundation andthe Alzheimers Society have written to Prime Minister David Cameronurging him to act on the Dilnot proposals. A Department of Health spokesman said: Once we have receivedrelated reports, we will consider its findings and welcome continuedconstructive engagement from all stakeholders.