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Starmer dubs PM’s social care plans a ‘working class dementia tax’

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Government plans for social care payments have been branded a “working class dementia tax” by Labour.

During heated exchanges at the PM’s questions on Wednesday, Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer (pictured) said the plans, which will mean council support payments will not be included in a new £86,000 social care costs cap, broke a manifesto pledge that nobody would have to sell their home to pay for care.

Sir Keir accused the Prime Minister of having “picked the pockets of working people to protect the estates of the wealthiest,” adding: “How could he have devised a working class dementia tax?”

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The plans, which were passed by a narrow majority in the Commons’ earlier this week, have been fiercely criticised by Labour and some Tory MPs who say they will hit the poorest hardest and force many to sell the homes to pay for their care.

Defending the plans, Johnson said homes will not be included in the cap on costs, and shot back that Labour had no plan for social care.

The Prime Minister said the government’s “huge investment” in social care would provide protection against the “catastrophic cost” of dementia.

Under the plans anyone with assets below £20,000 will not have to pay towards the cost of support with washing or dressing at home from October 2023.

People with more than £100,000 in assets will pay up to a cap of £86,000 for their care with people with £100,000 or less receiving help but will also having to eventually pay up to the cap limit.

Money spent on living costs such as food, bills and accommodation will not count towards the limit.

Under new changes announced last week, council support will not count towards the cap.

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