From BBC News - Conservative manifesto summary: Key points at-a-glance
Why many will pay more for care
Full Manifesto (pdf)
Conservative Manifesto 2017 PDF In Full, from The Huffington Post
Some serious issues (and risks) -
From The Telegraph (via MSN) - Middle-class pensioners to lose benefits under Tory plan to fund social care - "The flagship policy marks a gamble as it risks angering core older Tory supporters".
Theresa May redefines Conservatism, The Telegraph
-Winter fuel payments for pensioners will be means-tested and people will pay more towards home care visits to plug the £2.8 billion social care funding gap.
-Pensioners will stop paying for their own care once their savings and assets are down to £100,000. At present only £23,250 is protected.
-But a person's home will be counted among their assets when they are means-tested for domiciliary care (currently this only applies to people needing residential care) meaning more people will pay.
-No-one will have to sell their home during their lifetime, as they will be able to borrow money which will be paid back from their estate after their death.
From The Guardian: Social care funding: what are the Conservatives proposing?
"Are the details of the scheme spelled out?"
"It is not clear whether an interest rate will be applied to charges if payment is delayed until death. It is not clear how care will be provided when it is largely carried out by foreign-born labour and the manifesto pledges to cut immigration to the tens of thousands. It is not clear how people receiving care will be protected from over-charging by private domiciliary care providers, which may seek to exploit clients who can pay more once their home is included in the calculation of savings and wealth".
"The Tories are likely to to face criticism for making those people unlucky enough to lose out in the lottery of serious illnesses in old age being penalised again by having all their assets above £100,000 being sequestrated by the state.
Caroline Lucas, the co-leader of the Green party, was among many to call the move a “dementia tax” because someone with dementia who stays at home or enters residential care could find that their suffering is multiplied by state charges of between £200,000 to £300,000 after a four- or five-year stay".
From Guido Fawkes