‘Dementia tax U-turn’ announced by Theresa May
Theresa May has announced a major U-Turn on the controversial “dementia tax” of the Conservative party.
A cap on total contributions will be included from now on in the Prime Minister’s plans for social care, as the Telegraph reports. The policy will continue to offer protection for people with assets of £100,000 or less, a dramatic increase on the current threshold of £23,250.
Jeremy Hunt, the Health Secretary, told the London Evening Standard: “We want to make sure that people who have worked hard and saved up all their lifetimes do not have to worry about losing all their assets through a disease as random as dementia.
“That’s why we want to introduce and absolute limit on the amount of money anyone has to pay for their care.”
This comes after the controversial plans suggested by Boris Johnson that would’ve forced pensioners to contribute to the costs of their care.
The reforms were unveiled during the Conservative party manifesto, which meant that more pensioners will be forced to contribute to the cost of their care, although they will not have to pay during their lifetime.
Speaking in Wales this morning, Mrs May said: “So today I want to put an end to Jeremy Corbyn’s fake claims and clarify any doubts about our social care policy and the family home.
“My manifesto is honest and upfront about our challenges. It includes plans to strengthen the social care system with more and sustainable funding to cope with the long-term pressures caused by the fact that we are an ageing society.”
Most voters were against the policy, according to surveys published on Saturday.