Labour claims Tories still plan­ning ‘de­men­tia tax’

The Press and Journal (Moray) - - NEWS -

Labour has ac­cused the UK Govern­ment of press­ing on with its so-called “de­men­tia tax” re­forms af­ter a min­is­ter said tax­pay­ers should not be “prop­ping up” peo­ple to keep their own homes while they were gen­er­at­ing “mas­sive” care costs.

Video footage ob­tained by Labour shows health min­is­ter Jackie Doyle-Price say­ing that when it came to their homes, peo­ple saw them­selves as “the cus­to­dian of an as­set to give to their off­spring” and that “they shouldn’t be seen as that”.

The Con­ser­va­tives’ man­i­festo pro­posal for el­derly peo­ple to pay for their care costs from the pro­ceeds of the sale of their homes af­ter they die was seen as one of the key fac­tors be­hind the loss of Theresa May’s Com­mons ma­jor­ity in last June’s elec­tion.

The plan was quickly dubbed the “de­men­tia tax” by op­po­nents and the prime min­is­ter was forced to par­tially back­track dur­ing the cam­paign, say­ing there would be a “cap” on the to­tal costs peo­ple would have to pay, as the govern­ment had pre­vi­ously promised.

Min­is­ters have since said they will bring for­ward pro­pos­als to re­form the fund­ing of adult so­cial care for con­sul­ta­tion, although the Queen’s Speech in June set- ting out the govern­ment’s pro­gramme for the next two years did not in­clude any pro­vi­sion for leg­is­la­tion.

Labour leader Jeremy Cor­byn said Ms DoylePrice’s com­ments showed the govern­ment were still com­mit­ted to the orig­i­nal plan.

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