Labour claims Tories still planning ‘dementia tax’
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.