Money Conservative climbdown over 'dementia tax'

11:55  23 may  2017
11:55  23 may  2017 Source:   Sky News

Senior Tories were kept in the dark over ‘dementia tax’

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Image: Theresa May's team have been hit by a backlash over the social care plans.

The Prime Minister has climbed down on her social care reform after an angry backlash over the so-called " dementia tax ". The party performed badly in a slew of polls over the weekend, following the announcement at last week's Conservative manifesto launch.

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The Prime Minister has climbed down on her social care reform after an angry backlash over the so-called "dementia tax".

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The Prime Minister has climbed down on her social care reform after an angry backlash over the so-called " dementia tax ". (c) Sky News 2017: Conservatives climbdown over ' dementia tax ' after backlash.

Theresa May made a humiliating climbdown today over her ' dementia tax ' manifesto pledge - just four days after announcing it. Labour candidate Wes Streeting said: "The Conservative policy on social care is a complete shambles and has caused millions of pensioners to worry.

Theresa May has announced there will be an "absolute limit" on how much people will have to pay for their social care in a watering down of her reform, announced at the party manifesto launch less than a week ago.

But the Prime Minister has denied the measure amounts to a U-turn, saying "nothing has changed".

Speaking at the launch of the Welsh Conservative manifesto, Mrs May disclosed details of the cap, although she did not say what amount the upper limit would be - only that it would be part of a consultation.

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The prime minster announced the cap during the launch of the Conservative Party’s Welsh manifesto today. She had faced criticism since the pledge was made last week and it had been dubbed the ‘ Dementia tax ’.

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However, she said plans to make all those with assets of more than £100,000 pay for social care in their own homes if they need it would stay in place.

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Mrs May said that since she announced the social care proposals last week they had been subject to "fake claims" from Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn.

She accused Mr Corbyn of promoting "scaremongering and fear".

Mrs May denied that there had been a change of direction and said she was simply clarifying the points in the manifesto, however, details of a cap were not contained in the manifesto.

Theresa May's social care plans have faced an angry backlash © N/A Theresa May's social care plans have faced an angry backlash

Sky's Economic Editor Ed Conway said: "It's pretty clear, when you look at the manifesto this was not there.

"It looks to have been ruled out, if not explicitly, then very much implicitly and lo and behold, it suddenly changed and a cap has been added in the last few hours, it seems."

Liberal Democrat leader Tim Farron said: "This is May's Manifesto Meltdown, in a matter of days she has gone from Margaret Thatcher to Corporal Jones. It's more don't panic Captain Mainwaring than strong and stable.

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The announcement came amid growing criticism of the controversial plans to recoup the cost of social care from people's estates after their death and make pensioners shoulder the burden of increasing care costs.

The party performed badly in a slew of polls over the weekend, following the announcement at last week's Conservative manifesto launch.

In an attempt to combat the criticism, Mrs May's team had paid Google to make sure a link to their website with the words "The so-called 'dementia tax' - Get the real facts" comes up at the top when users search "dementia tax".

Labour has also bought an ad on Google titled "Tory Dementia Tax - What You Need to Know", which links through to the party's website. It was featured underneath the Conservative advert.

The former chancellor George Osborne, now Evening Standard editor, was first to suggest Mrs May's team was preparing for a u-turn on the policy.

In a tweet he said: "U-turn coming on social care. There will be a cap. Read today's @EveningStandard for the details."

Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson refused to be drawn on suggestions Mrs May's team had failed to consult Cabinet ministers over plans.

It was claimed Mrs May's chief of staff, Nick Timothy, included the measures at the last minute.

Theresa May's top advisers Nick Timothy and Fiona Hill © Reuters Theresa May's top advisers Nick Timothy and Fiona Hill

Mr Johnson suggested on Peston on Sunday that the proposals could be altered.

He said: "I do understand people's reservation and the questions that people are asking about some of the detail of this but the broad thrust is right, and, as the Prime Minister said there will be a consultation on getting it right."

He would not be drawn on whether he had been consulted on the plans before the manifesto launch.

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