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Funding care for the elderly while making sure people who have worked hard can pass something on to their kids or grandchildren
22/05/2017 21:56:00

Over the last few days lots of people have contacted me with concerns about proposals in the Conservative Party manifesto about how to fund care for the elderly in the future.

Although these proposals are an improvement on the status quo - under which you might only be able to pass on £23,000 of your assets if faced with a large care bill - I understand and indeed share many of the concerns expressed to me. That's why over the weekend I passed them on to the Prime Minister. I see this as a key part of my job - not to be the Conservative Party's representative in Croydon Central, but to be your representative passing on your concerns to those at the top of government.

I was therefore pleased to hear that earlier today the Prime Minister announced a key change to these proposals - a maximum limit on how much people will have to pay, which will ensure they will be able to hand on a much bigger share of the family home to their children or grandchildren.

Theresa May is right to address the long-term challenges we face as a country, like how we ensure that an increasingly elderly population is well cared for. But as she does so, she is also right to listen to public opinion and adapts her proposals. These qualities - a determination not to duck difficult issues and a willingness to listen - are exactly the qualities we need in our Prime Minister. Please find below an extract from her speech earlier today, which I hope reassures you that she understands how strongly people who have worked hard all their lives feel about being able to pass on something to their children or grandchildren. And when you choose who to vote for on 8th June, remember Jeremy Corbyn plans to drag half of all homes in London into paying inheritance tax.

"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.

"Jeremy Corbyn wants to duck this reality and play politics. But there will be two million more people over 75 years old in Britain over the next decade alone. Our social care system will collapse unless we make some important decisions now about how we fund it.

“That is why we have to act.

"And...to give people security we included in our plans measures to make sure nobody has to sell the family home to pay for care.

"And we also said that we would protect £100,000 of your savings so, however expensive your care, you can pass something on to your family.

"Let’s be clear: this plan replaces the existing system where people often get poor quality care and stand to lose almost all their savings and assets, including the family home...It provides the beginning of a solution to social care without increasing taxes on younger generations. And, I should say, we are the only party in this election prepared to face up to the reality of our ageing society and offer a long-term solution.

"But...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."

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