The health secretary says one thing,the PM says the opposite.
Theresa May said today that ‘nothing has changed’ in relation to Conservative proposals on social care. Despite what looked like a screeching u-turn, she maintained that the introduction of an absolute limit on what people pay is consistent, in principle, with what was outlined in the manifesto.
Unfortunately, on the morning of the manifesto launch, her health secretary Jeremy Hunt said that complete opposite when speaking to Nick Robinson on the Today programme.
Asked about the social care payment cap included in the last Tory manifesto, Hunt confirmed that the Conservatives were dropping the proposal. He went on:
“Not only are we dropping it, we’re being completely explicit in our manifesto that we’re dropping it.We’re dropping it because we’ve looked at this proposal and we don’t think it’s fair.”
So, to clarify: May believes that the possibility of a cap is implicit in the manifesto, while Hunt believes the document is ‘completely explicit’ that the cap is being dropped.