Lib Dems campaign to scrap dementia tax which would hit 98% of homes in Oxford
98% of homes in Oxford could be eligible for sale to meet Theresa May’s so-called 'dementia tax', research by the Liberal Democrats has revealed.
Kirsten Johnson, the Liberal Democrat candidate for Oxford East, has urged residents, irrespective of their party affiliation, to join a campaign started by Norman Lamb, the former health and care minister, to stop the Conservative social care plans which would saddle those with long-term illnesses with crippling care costs after their death.
The Liberal Democrats are calling for a penny on income tax to boost funding for the NHS and social care by £6bn a year, as well as a £72,000 cap to protect people from crippling care costs.
Dr Kirsten Johnson said: "Caring for our elderly should be above party politics and that is why I want to urge anyone who opposes these plans to come together to stop them.
“Every elderly person who needs care should receive it in the best place for them. People shouldn't have to worry about losing everything they've worked hard for to pay for crippling care costs.
“Today’s manifesto meltdown changes nothing. As Theresa May has made clear herself, nothing has changed and her heartless dementia tax remains in place. Families deserve to know exactly how much of their homes would be up for grabs now, not after the election.
"Together we can stop the so-called ‘Dementia Tax’ and put in place a cap on the cost of care."
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