96% of homes in Islington could be eligible for sale to meet Theresa May’s so-called 'dementia tax', research by the Liberal Democrats has revealed. Across England, 9 out 10 homes could be eligible for sale to meet Theresa May’s Dementia Tax.
Candidates for Islington North and Islington South and Finsbury, Keith Angus and Alain Desmier have urged residents, irrespective of their party affiliation, to join a campaign to stop the Conservative social care plans which would saddle those with long-term illnesses with crippling care costs after their death.
In their manifesto, the Liberal Democrats are calling for a penny on income tax to boost funding for the NHS and social care by £6bn a year. They also commit to implementing the recommendations of the Dilnot Commission, which would mean a cap on care costs of £72,000.
Liberal Democrat candidate Islington South ad Finsbury Alain Desmier 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.
Keith Angus, Liberal Democrat candidate for Islington North said:
"I've seen issues in my own family with dementia and arranging good quality care towards the end of someone's life. It's a difficult situation at the best of times, and dealing with the stress of how care is paid for is upsetting.
“The Conservative plans to force homes to be sold upon death to pay for it is callous.
“There needs to be a cap on care costs so that if people are able to pay something towards their own care costs, they can be safe in the knowledge the Government won't take most of it away upon death."
"Together we can stop the so-called ‘Dementia Tax’ and put in place a cap on the cost of care."
Both candidates have signed the petition calling Theresa May to drop her dementia tax plan. Join them at dementiatax.org.uk