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|Manifesto Meltdown: May Denies U-Turn On “Dementia Tax”
Posted: 22 May 2017 11:11 AM PDT
Theresa May, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, has said that a Conservative government would set an “absolute limit” on the amount that people pay for social care, dubbed the “Dementia Tax”, in a U-turn on plans included in her party’s election manifesto last week.
May is coming under pressure to drop or water down her controversial shakeup of social care that has been branded a “dementia tax”, amid warnings that it is unfair and could deter older people from seeking care. Over the weekend the polls showed the gulf between the two parties narrowing to nine points.
The Lib Dem leader, Tim Farron, called it a “manifesto meltdown” but said it changed nothing. “As Theresa May has made clear herself, nothing has changed and her heartless dementia tax remains in place. He went on to say, “This is a cold and calculated attempt to pull the wool over people’s eyes.”
The prime minister has faced a backlash about the proposal to make elderly people pay for care in their own home unless they have less than £100,000 in assets, as it would force them to use up the value of their residential property for the first time.
During a speech in Wrexham to launch the Welsh Tory manifesto, May said:
“So I want to make a further point clear. This manifesto says that we will come forward with a consultation paper, a government green paper. And that consultation will include an absolute limit on the amount people have to pay for their care costs.”
However, the prime minister refused to be drawn on the level of the new cap. May denied that there had been a change of direction and said she was simply clarifying the points in the manifesto, however, details of a cap were not contained in the manifesto.
Sky’s Economic Editor Ed Conway said: “It’s pretty clear, when you look at the manifesto this was not there. It looks to have been ruled out, if not explicitly, then very much implicitly and lo and behold, it suddenly changed and a cap has been added in the last few hours, it seems.”
What is the “dementia tax”
leftfutures.org gives the best explanation, included here:
There has been a backlash from members of the public who fear receiving demanding letters from the council asking them to hand over tens, and in some cases, hundreds of thousands of pounds, all while grieving for their relatives. One of the criticisms is that no one can really do anything to avoid the tax since old age brings health complications and an unlucky number of people will develop dementia.
Even May’s own Tory ministers and newspapers who would normally be supportive, are not going to defend her proposal.
May argued that the policy was necessary to create a “sustainable future for social care”, saying there would be 2 million more people over 75 coming into the system over the next decade.
The negative reaction to the “dementia tax” is spreading over the internet and social media and is the top trending Twitter topic in the UK today.
The Conservatives are obviously worried and have gone into damage control mode, even paying for an add to appear as the top result on Google.co.uk today.
The Conservative manifesto also scraps the ban on elephant ivory sales.
The public have been baffled as to why May has included such controversial and unpopular proposals in her manifesto.
A quote from a Daily Mail article written in March, entitled “Tories’ shame over blood ivory”, exlpained:
The most powerful UK antique traders association is The British Antiques Dealers’ Association, and their President, Lady Victoria Borwick (also the Conservative MP for Kensington) can be seen shaking hands with Theresa May in the image above.
Needless to say these proposals, that also includes a free vote to repeal the Hunting Act, have been very unpopular.
Last week, Theresa May said that “there is a need to keep fox numbers down” and that hunting was “less cruel than other methods”. CEO of League Against Cruel Sports, Eduardo Goncalves, had the following to say in response:
The public are wondering if the Tories are trying to sabotage their chances at winning the general election.
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