Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Tories Backtrack over 'Dementia Tax' Policy

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Tories Backtrack over 'Dementia Tax' Policy

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Byline: Jonathan Walker Political Editor jon.walker@trinitymirror.com @jonwalker121

cONSERVATIVE leader Theresa May has announced u-turn over her controversial plans for a "dementia tax".

Mrs May said there would be a cap limiting the amount that people will need to pay for care in their own home.

Speaking in Wales, she insisted this had always been the plan. But no such cap was promised in the Conservative election manifesto published less than a week ago.

It follows the announcement that a Tory government would require people receiving social care in their own home, including people with dementia, to pay for it through the value of their property.

At the moment, people with significant assets such as money in the bank are already expected to pay - but the value of their home is not included when their assets are calculated.

In practice, the policy set out in the manifesto would mean that many family homes have to be sold once a person receiving care dies. Although they could stay in the home as long as they live, the inheritance they leave their children might be dramatically cut.

But introducing a cap on the amount people have to pay - the change announced by Mrs May - would reassure people that they will still able to leave a significant sum to their children.

The Conservative plan already allowed people to stop paying for care once their assets fall below PS100,000.

Mrs May said Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn had misled people about the Conservative plans, and pointed out that the Government was due to hold a consultation about the proposals - something that governments do with almost any new policy.

She said: "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. …

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