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Pensioners confused over future costs of care under Theresa May’s Government

May 23, 2017

The Prime Minister Theresa May is being urged to reveal the full details of her plan to reform social care in the UK.

Mrs May turned her back on her original manifesto this week after performing a U-turn on care fees for elderly.

She said she would introduce a cap on care costs, but gave no details on how high the cap would be.

Experts suggest that the Government could now be forced to cut winter fuel payments from more pensioners than originally planned in order to pay for the new care cap.

In her original manifesto, the Prime Minister had promised a “floor” of £100,000 on social care contributions, claiming that no pensioner would have to sell their house while they are still alive. However, there was no mention of a ceiling.

Neil Duncan-Jordan, of the National Pensioners Convention (NPC), said: “We are worried because pensioners are worried. People don’t know what’s going on.

“Eighty per cent of pensioners own their own property and they want to know how this affects them, but no-one can give them any answers.

“It makes clear, if we weren’t clear already, that the architects of this policy hadn’t thought it through. Is it right that an important election policy is being made on the hoof?”

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