The Government’s decision to delay placing a cap on elderly care costs until 2020 is a “broken promise” to some of the most vulnerable people in society, says UKIP Health Spokesman Louise Bours.
Under its original plan, from April 2016 the costs people face for care over the age of 65 was to be limited to £72,000 over the course of their lifetime. Now it has been delayed until 2020 after the Local Government Association wrote to ministers earlier this month asking for a postponement because of the “enormous pressures” they said they were facing.
Ms Bours, UKIP MEP for the North West and a member of the Europe for Freedom and Direct Democracy group in the European Parliament, said: “This is a kick in the teeth to thousands of elderly people.
“They are among the most vulnerable members of our society and the care cap was an eminently sensible idea, not just in a financial sense but also by way of reassuring people about their future.
“Putting it back for five years – by which time there will be another general election – is yet another broken promise from David Cameron’s government.
“And isn’t this just typical – the Tories making a big fuss of the elderly before an election and then pulling the rug from under them straight after one.
“As for the LGA, I have no doubt that its members are under pressure - but it could help itself by reducing some of the enormous salaries at the top end of the public sector payroll.”