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The middle classes should pay the first ￡35,000 of their old age care and be encouraged to take out insurance to cover that cost, according to a government-commissioned review into the future funding of social care to be published next week.
The proposal will ignite the "death tax" row that led to a war of words between the Tories and the Labour government before the last election.
The recommendations from economist Andrew Dilnot, which have been seen by the cabinet, are already causing a split within the coalition government, with one senior Liberal Democrat claiming the chancellor, George Osborne, wants to "strangle the proposals at birth".
It is understood that the deputy prime minister, Nick Clegg, is in favour of the proposals but a source said that David Cameron and, in particular, Osborne appeared keen to "park the report in the long grass" because of the potential political pitfalls, and the financial commitments it would involve.
There are growing fears that the prime minister will back his chancellor against the Lib Dems – including the health minister, Paul Burstow – who are broadly in favour of the proposals.
Before the election there was a furious row about funding of care for the elderly: a proposal about how much people should pay was agreed between the three parties before the Conservatives reneged, calling it a Labour "death tax".
All parties agree that the black hole in funding for the elderly, which is expected to reach ￡6bn by 2020, needs a solution that will also take into account the growing numbers of older people.