THE CONSERVATIVES’ SOCIAL CARE PLANS - THE FACTS

Theresa May and the Conservatives are committed to ensuring our social care system provides proper care and protection for our all those who need it, especially older people.

Which is why we have a plan that will strengthen the social care system. Our plan will provide more and sustainable funding, so the system can cope with the long-term pressures caused by the fact that we are an ageing society – while still being fair to younger generations.

Jeremy Corbyn wants to duck this reality and play politics. Since our plans have been published he has been running a scare campaign of false claims to deliberately mislead some of the most vulnerable members of our society.

So these are the facts on our plan for social care:

  • ● We will protect at least £100,000 of your life savings. Under the existing system if you are in a nursing home you could lose almost all your life savings -including your home- to pay for your care. Under our plan, however expensive your care, we will protect at least £100,000 of your life savings so that you can pass it onto your family 
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  • ● We will ensure no-one has to sell their home to pay for care. Whether you are in a nursing home or receiving in-home care, no-one will ever have to sell their home in their lifetime to pay for care.
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  • ● We will put an absolute limit on what people need to pay for their care. So you know the maximum you will ever have to pay.
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  • ● We will introduce new protections for carers. So anyone can take up to a year off work without penalty to care for a loved one
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  • ●We will guarantee a double-lock for pensions. Meaning pensioners will always know their pension will rise at least in line with inflation or average wages – whichever is higher.
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  • ●We will protect pensioner benefits. This includes free bus passes, eye tests prescriptions, and TV licences for over 75s. 
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  • ●We will continue to provide the Winter Fuel Payment for the poorest pensioners who need it.
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Our plan for social care replaces an existing system where people often get poor quality care – and stand to lose almost all of their savings and assets, including the family home.

So these are good and sensible plans. And they provide the beginning of a solution to social care without increasing taxes on younger generations.

To find out more about our plans to strengthen Social Care, read our manifesto.