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Paul Ray slams Conservative Care Plan grab for family homes

May 22, 2017 3:31 PM

Paul Ray at Samuel Johnson Hospital 2Paul Ray of the Liberal Democrats in Lichfield and Burntwood has accused the Conservatives of clobbering elderly people in care by forcing them to sell their homes to pay for social care.

Paul Ray said that this is a brutal policy and he was very concerned for the large proportion of the community in Lichfield and Burntwood who are retired.

The Conservative Manifesto commits the Government of Theresa May to clawing back care costs when a person in care has assets (including the value of their home) worth over £100,000. The clawback will be made on the person's death, forcing many families to sell family homes.

"Many family members have given up work to help look after elderly parents," said Paul Ray, Lib Dem candidate for Lichfield and Burntwood. "They have helped keep their loved ones out of hospital, helping the NHS free up beds, and instead receive help from social care services in their home. These carers often live in the family home.

"The Conservatives are now proposing to strip these people of their family home. That is simply wrong and massively unfair. Which of us know who will suffer from a long-term condition like dementia? This cost has to shared by us as a community.

"Liberal Democrats instead say that we as individuals should contribute to our care costs but these must be capped. We call for that cap to be £72,000.

"We would also increase income tax by a penny in the pound to ensure there is an extra £6 billion a year for the NHS and social care. That £6bn would be ring-fenced just for the NHS and social care. On the doorstep that is proving to be a very popular policy.

"With a landslide Conservative majority in prospect, their plans to strip elderly people of their homes shows just why we need a strong opposition. Jeremy Corbyn has failed in that role. A vote for the Liberal Democrats is a vote for a Strong Opposition to the Conservatives."