I saw this on my Twitter feed today:

Aaron may be right about this – the Tories might take heed of the backlash against their Dementia Tax, and they may say they’ll ditch the plan.

They will – of course – be lying.

All the Tories need to do is convince enough of you to vote for them so they’ll have a majority in Parliament. Then they can do anything they damn well please

The plan, for clarity, is to force people to sell their houses in order to pay for social care. The claim is that they won’t have to sell their houses during their lifetimes, but this is only provided they purchase an insurance product to cover the care. The premiums – payments to the insurance company – would be recovered from the equity after the house has been sold, and the insurance company will be able to force a sale, meaning any inheritors will not be able to keep it on the market in order to get the best price. The premiums could be up to (and including) the entire remaining equity in the property after the government has taken its cut.

This means that, if either or both of your parents need social care, then they will have to give your family home to an insurance company and you will receive nothing at all as an inheritance.

The Tories might take heed of the backlash against their Dementia Tax, and they may say they’ll ditch the plan.

They will – of course – be lying.

The policy was revealed at the launch of the Conservative Manifesto last week, and prompted an instant backlash against Theresa May and the Tory Party. People are lining up to appear on radio phone-ins or TV shows to say they were going to vote Conservative but will now vote Labour.

Here’s a passage from a Facebook article by Rachel Godfrey, to give you some of the facts: “Most people don’t really understand the reality of ‘care’. For all of us to live independently, with a care package in place, with care at the standard I give (and what I consider ‘normal’) is unobtainable for most. Your lifetime of savings will be gone. Everything you have worked for will be gone with nothing to pass onto your family. A lifetime of paying taxes and then, at the last hurdle, you pay for your care costs too with your savings then your home.

“Before June 8th, all of you who are shrugging off the Conservatives ‘dementia’ tax because it won’t affect you, need to realise you are wrong. Very wrong. Say goodbye to the family house, the one your parents worked so very hard for and were so proud of when they finally owned it outright. It’s going on now and it is only going to get so much worse.

“You have been warned.”

It’s possible – it just might be! – that Theresa May might wake from her delusional stupor of the last few weeks, long enough to realise that she has made a big mistake, and she might backtrack on it.

It doesn’t take much to say, “We’ve listened; we won’t do it”, after all.

But here’s the thing:

It will be a lie.

Here’s why:

All the Tories need to do is convince enough of you to vote for them so they’ll have a majority in Parliament. Then they can do anything they damn well please – whether it’s in their manifesto or not; whether they said they wouldn’t do it or not.

Remember:

They have already said “products will be available” so they have already promised the value of millions of houses – along with the houses themselves, let’s not forget – to their friends in the insurance industry.

So it doesn’t matter what Theresa May tells you.

She needs to push this policy into law.

If she succeeds, then 70 per cent of us will be affected.

The only certain way to stop it from happening is to vote Labour on June 8.

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