The British Conservatives have lost their absolute majority in the 2017 snap election. One reason, it appears, is that older people got irritated because of the (what the opposition quickly branded as) dementia tax. Fullfact.org describes it thus
- At the moment councils pay for all or part of a person’s social care if they have less than £23,250 in capital. The manifesto proposed raising this limit to £100,000.
- At the moment the value of a person’s home is only counted in this limit if they are in residential care or nursing homes. The manifesto proposes including the value of anyone’s house, even if they are still living in it and needing care at home.
- At the moment people in residential care or nursing homes can put off paying for their care—until after their death if they want to. The cost of their care is then taken from their estate after their death, or the value of their house once it is sold (or can be paid for by the individual or a relative). The Conservative manifesto proposed extending this to people who receive care at home too.
The manifesto argues these measures will put residential care and home care means-testing on an equal basis, account for property assets built up by many older people, and ensure that individuals’ assets aren’t depleted to £100,000 or less.
This sounds to me not far away from we're coming to take your house. This is so obviously something to drive voters away that I am appalled at how anyone can propose such an idea for a manifesto that will be read and analyzed to death. In the end, Ms. May is responsible but I don't think she herself put it in the manifesto.