Social Care Minister Jackie Doyle-Price told a room full of Tory activists: “The reality is that the taxpayer shouldn’t necessarily be propping up people to keep their property,” footage uncovered by Labour from a conference fringe shows.
She went on: “People feel that they are custodian of an asset to give to their offspring. They shouldn’t be seen as that.”
The Tory manifesto proposed “means-testing for domiciliary care,” including “the value of the family home along with other assets and income” — meaning dementia sufferers could be forced to sell off their homes to pay for care.
Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn condemned the plan as he visited a community centre in Shipley, West Yorkshire, yesterday.
He said Labour would immediately invest £1 billion in social care, increase funding by £8bn over five years and establish a national care service.
“The idea of a dementia tax was rightly rejected by the public during the general election,” Mr Corbyn said.
“It is appalling that the Tories still want to force older people to pay for care with their homes. It can’t be right that if you have a heart condition you’re treated on the NHS but if you have dementia you have to pay with your home.
“This is further proof that the Conservatives are yesterday’s party, with no plan to fix our country’s problems. Labour stands ready to form a government that works for the many not the few.”
A spokesman for the Prime Minister said the government would be bringing forward its proposals on care “in due course.”