Social Care - May 2017

No grandparent wants to see their grandchildren worse off than they were and likewise no son or daughter wants to see their parents poorly cared for or their assets whittled away. But as a country we must have a serious conversation about how to pay for social care.

We want to restore the contract between our generations. The Conservative manifesto is honest and upfront about our challenges as a nation, for example our ageing population and the long-term pressures that comes with living longer, which most of us welcome as a good thing. In comparison, Labour want to play politics. Rather than try and address the problem, they employ tactics that terrify the vulnerable, young, and elderly and encourage people to believe that welfare reform should not be touched.
 
I am sure you will understand that social care cannot continue to be an 'untouchable' issue if we are ALL - young and old - to be properly cared for when the need arises. Unlike Jeremy Corbyn, Theresa May has had the courage to try and tackle this issue. Conservative plans include measures to make sure that nobody has to sell the family home during their lifetime to pay for care and that savings are protected. Under the current system, care costs deplete an individual's assets down to £23,250, or even less, meaning people often have to sell their homes. We would introduce a single capital floor of £100,000 - four times as much as the current threshold.
 
Unfortunately, the scaremongering and false claims have understandably worried a lot of people, so I put pressure on Theresa May and her team to make our plans clearer as people need to be reassured. To that end, the Prime Minster has now explained that the Conservatives will present a government green paper on the proposals and the consultation will include an absolute limit on the amount people will have to pay for their care costs.
 
I believe the Conservatives propose the right choice. Protection of your assets, better care, and ensuring that younger people do not have to pay the full cost. Labour, on the other hand, promise a hike in inheritance tax as well as a land tax on properties and a range of nonsensical, fantasy policies that can only be funded through massive tax rises on younger generations. In my experience, most older people accept a responsibility for their own care and worry about their children and grandchildren's generations having to foot the bill.
 
I have always stood up for those who work hard and save when I believe that they have been wronged. My record in Parliament demonstrates this, even when it has meant challenging my own party. Care for the elderly is a significant long-term issue for the nation and should I be re-elected as your Member of Parliament on the 8th of June, I can assure you that I will challenge the Government, as I have done in the past, to defend the interests of my constituents on this important and serious issue.