Conservatives are planning to make older people pay for social care costs from the value of their own homes when they die.Families in Gloucestershire could expect to see £145,787 of the value of their home spent on care costs.

May 19, 2017 12:00 PM

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The Conservative Manifesto shows us that the nasty party is back. Theresa May is betraying the frail and elderly by snatching back their homes when they die. It is now crystal clear that the more you need, the more you pay with May and the Conservatives.

Many elderly people currently face the cruel situation of having to sell their home when they die to fund residential care home costs. Now the frail and elderly receiving care in their own home will face a 'Personal Death Tax' charged against their home. And the more help you need, the more Theresa May will snatch away when you die.

The cost of at-home care currently met by the state will now be clawed back from your home after death, hitting over half a million vulnerable people. It's clear that if the Conservatives get their way as you get old and frail, the costs are down to you and you alone.

That is the choice Theresa May has made. The Tories have failed to introduce a cost cap for care, despite committing to it in their 2015 manifesto. When we were in government we passed legislation to introduce the cap but the Tories have made a different choice. One in 10 pensioners at 65 will have future care needs over £100,000 - rather than capping this amount Theresa May wants to snatch back those care costs from their estates.

The Liberal Democrats will stand up to Theresa May's cold, mean-spirited Britain, protecting those that need the most help and fighting for more funding for our schools and hospitals.

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