93% of homes in Bournemouth could be eligible for sale to meet Theresa May’s so-called 'dementia tax', research by the Liberal Democrats has revealed.
Jon Nicholas and Phil Dunn 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.
Theresa May announced a u-turn, but this only promised to consult on the possibility of a cap. She did not commit to a cap or provide any information on what level a cap, if there was one, would be set at.
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.
Liberal Democrat candidate for Bournemouth West, Phil Dunn, 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."
Jon Nicholas, Liberal Democrat candidate for Bournemouth East, added:
"People shouldn't have to worry about losing everything they've worked hard for to pay for crippling care costs.
"Together we can stop the so-called ‘Dementia Tax’ and put in place a cap on the cost of care."