Tory manifesto: more elderly people will have to pay for own social care : The Guardian

Theresa May unveils ‘difficult but necessary’ measure to pay for elderly care and is expected to retain promise of limiting immigration to ‘tens of thousands’

More elderly people will have to pay for their own social care in the home and lose universal benefits under a new Conservative policy which, Theresa May will say on Thursday, is difficult but necessary to tackle the crisis in funding.

Introducing the party’s election manifesto, the prime minister will say it is the “responsibility of leaders to be straight with people about the challenges ahead” as she unveils a controversial policy that would reduce the value of estates that many people hope to pass on to their children.

The policy will be a flagship measure in the Tories’ election manifesto, which the prime minister will pitch as a programme for solving some of the challenges facing Britain. It means wealthier people with more than £100,000 in assets will have to pay for their own elderly care out of the value of their homes, rather than relying on the council to cover the costs of visits by care workers.

The Conservatives will attempt to soften the blow by promising that pensioners will not have to sell their homes to pay for their care costs while they or a surviving partner are alive. Instead, products will be available allowing the elderly to pay by extracting equity from their homes, which will be recovered at a later date when they die or sell their residence.

Labour responded to the announcement by saying that people could not trust the Tories’ promises on social care. Barbara Keeley, shadow minister for social care, said: “In their last manifesto, they promised a cap on care costs. But they broke their promise, letting older and vulnerable people down.




  1. So, for anyone who owns a home worth more than £100k (all houseowners then) will have to take out an equity release to pay for their care?

    So, what happens to the rest of us?

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    1. She must have death wish! The only pensioners who will be entitled, will be the ones who get pension credit top-ups.

      She can’t seriously hope to get the pensioner vote by stealing off pensioners.

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  2. Oh dear, the Mail readers are not very happy with Theresa.

    But as this commenter puts it…

    Cauliflower Cheese, Bristol, United Kingdom, moments ago

    It’s very entertaining to watch those who put the Tories in power and sat back whilst the disabled got hammered now moaning about what is and what is not fair…

    Liked by 2 people

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