The Conservative manifesto has has come under attack for its lack of costing analysis, but also more specifically for its attack on Britain’s OAPs with cuts to winter fuel allowance and the introduction of a so-called “dementia tax”.
On Thursday, Theresa May announced that the universal £30 winter fuel allowance would become means-tested, stripping the money from an estimated 10m pensioners. The Conservative manifesto did not note how many people would be affected or how much would be saved after the extra administrative burden, but analysis by Labour found that only the two million poorest pensioners would still be eligible for the allowance. A Tory source confirmed to the Daily Mirror that “most people are going to lose their winter fuel allowance”.
The Tories have also come under fire for their proposed changes with a tax on elderly care, which would scrap the £72,000 cap on bills. Instead, May said that pensioners would be made to pay for their own social care in old age, possibly by unlocking the value of their homes. The prime minister insists no-one would be forced form their home to pay for care, but provided no mechanism to support this pledge.
The Liberal Democrats dubbed the change a “dementia tax”, while Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn said:
“Theresa May’s nasty party has launched a shameful attack on older people – introducing a compassion tax to force those in need of social care to pay for it with their family home.
“Labour is standing up for pensioners and guaranteeing the triple lock on state pensions, as well as giving social care the funding it needs.”