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Tory U-turn not good enough - older votes must keep up the pressure, says O'Flynn


Published May 22, 2017

PatrickOflynn.pngUKIP economic spokesman Patrick O'Flynn branded today's Conservative U-turn on a death tax for social care as "wholly inadequate and raising more questions than it answers".

The Conservatives have announced they will cap the amount that can be taken from the estates of people who needed social care when they were alive, but have not said what the cap will be.

Mr O'Flynn, who this morning predicted the Tory policy would unravel and called for it to be dumped, said: "The Conservatives are in full meltdown on this issue. But just telling people they will consult on a cap on social care bills is not good enough.

"Older voters need to know and deserve to be told what that cap will be. At the moment the Tories could just announce after the election that it will be £250,000 or even £300,000.

"Older voters should know that UKIP will keep fighting their corner on this issue. We need to hear from Theresa May and her ministers how much this cap will be. Clearly were it to be a six-figure sum that would be wholly unacceptable.

"I urge the grey vote not to give the Conservatives a blank cheque. You have helped forced one retreat already. So it is time to force another. Tell every Tory who knocks on your door that you want to hear them commit to a specific low cap before you will even consider voting for them. What the Tories have done today is wholly inadequate and raises more questions than it answers."

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