Tories climb-down on social care policy

Gladys Abbott
June 1, 2017

The "absolute limit" will put to consultation, according to the prime minister.

The manifesto said that this would ensure that, "no matter how large the cost of care turns out to be, people will always retain at least £100,000 of their savings and assets, including value in the family home".

Secondly, people in both settings will only have to contribute to care costs from their capital above a floor of £100,000.

"We will make sure there is an absolute limit on what people need to pay".

"I am determined that we ensure that Theresa May drops the so-called "dementia tax" and implement a cap on the cost of care". After the announcement was made around midday regarding the U-turn on "dementia tax", there has been several four-figured bets on the Labour party at odds ranging from 15/1 to 12/1.

It follows a weekend dogged by criticism of her proposed changes to pensions and social care funding.

She told reporters: "We have not changed the principles of the policies we set out in our manifesto". The only things he has left to offer in this campaign are fake claims, fear and scaremongering, ' she said.

An Opinium/Observer poll, taken after Labour's manifesto launch but before the Tories', put May's party down one point in a week at 46 percent, and Labour up one point at 33 percent.

Tim Farron branded the U-turn "May's manifesto meltdown", but said it changed nothing for families concerned about the bill for care for elderly relatives.

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The Conservatives are now on 34 per cent (down 7 per cent); Plaid Cymru on nine per cent (down 2 per cent); Liberal Democrats on six per cent (down 1 per cent); Ukip on five per cent (up 1 per cent) and others three per cent (up 1 per cent).

"Not satisfied with plunging our social care system into crisis, Theresa May's nasty party has promised more attacks on older people", he said at a rally. "There will be a cap".

Scottish National Party leader Nicola Sturgeon tweeted: "PM not so strong and stable after all. and can't be trusted to protect pensioners".

"This plan addresses the worry people have when they have a loved one with a long-term condition, and they don't know how they're going to afford to care for them".

Answering questions before Mrs May confirmed her plans, Mr Corbyn said: "A Tory U-turn on social care would be extremely welcome because I want this country to face up to its responsibilities to those who need care, like the frail and elderly, those with special needs, those with severe disabilities, those with learning difficulties".

Its leader Jeremy Corbyn claims his plans to nationalise the railways, raise taxes and invest in public services are widely popular.

Mr Corbyn replied: "Apparently, yes".

After launching her manifesto last week, including unexpected plans to reduce financial support for elderly voters, May returned to her core message, saying that Corbyn was not committed to or capable of securing a successful Brexit.

"Because if we don't get this right, the consequences for the United Kingdom and for the economic security of ordinary working people will be dire".

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