May's Conservatives see lead over Labour narrow to 14 points - ICM

May's Conservatives see lead over Labour narrow to 14 points - ICM

The elderly could still be asked to pay six-figure sums for protracted and complex care for conditions such as dementia and cancer.

But this is nearly certainly the reason why the Tories have stepped up their attack on Corbyn, warning that the tough Brussels grandees would make mincemeat of him if he led Britain's Brexit negotiations.

She was repeatedly challenged on her failure to cut net migration to the tens of thousands as home secretary, but insisted that voters faced a choice between the Tories, who believe that we should "work to control immigration", and Labour "who believe that you should have uncontrolled immigration".

"Nothing has changed, nothing has changed, we are offering a long-term solution for the sustainability of social care for the future", she said, shaking her head and raising her voice as it was described as a U-turn by journalists.

By the next morning, Andrew Dilnot, the respected economist who reviewed the social care system for the coalition government, was condemning the Conservatives' decision to drop his proposed cap on overall charges.

British Prime Minister Theresa May on Monday amended an unpopular campaign proposal for elderly care just days after unveiling it, prompting accusations that she could not be relied upon in upcoming Brexit negotiations.

He said: "The Prime Minister, instead of blaming me, should look to herself and look to the policy, or lack of policy, that's she's put forward".

U-turn coming on social care.

A cap of £72,000 was due to be placed on care costs in England in 2020, but Mrs May has said the limit under her plans was yet to be decided.

The LibDems have published analysis claiming if the cap was set at £85,000, at least a quarter of the value of the average home would be at risk of being liable in 335 constituencies in England, some 63% of seats in the UK.

THERESA MAY made a screeching U-turn yesterday over her unpopular dementia tax proposal.

Civil servants in the Cabinet Office have been toiling away at a green paper on care costs for months, with Ben Gummer - the Cabinet Office minister heavily involved in producing the Tory manifesto - overseeing the plans.

The climbdown came after Conservative candidates warned the policy was hugely unpopular on the doorstep and after it was widely branded a "dementia tax".

But she refused to give details of the cap, or the number of pensioners who would face losing up to £300 a year in winter fuel payments under another aspect of her shake-up.

"There's a real possibility that other hard-earned benefits like bus passes and free TV licences could be next".

The document outlines Labour manifesto promises including an extra £8 billion spending on social care in the next Parliament and the creation of a National Care Service.

She added: "We have brought in new rules".

Mr Corbyn said: "I condemn all acts of violence in Northern Ireland from wherever they came".

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