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Brown under fire over elderly care plan

11th February 2010

The Prime Minister has clashed with the Conservative Party over his plans to provide no-cost care to elderly people.

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Gordon Brown was asked by the Tory party leader David Cameron: "where is the money coming from?"

Mr Cameron also asked whether this meant a mandatory inheritance charge would be put in place to fund the plan.

In return, the Prime Minister accused the Tories of backtracking when they had previously supported the plan.

70 councillors signed a letter to The Times about free personal care, saying the scheme had 'major weaknesses' and had no funding.

David Cameron said that some data indicated that the plan would mean a £26 increase in council tax.

"What we want to know is where is the money coming from? People who work closely with you are completely opposed to the way this is being done," Mr Cameron asked the Prime Minister.

Mr Brown accused the Conservatives of "another U-turn on policy" and stated that he had allocated £670 million in the next year. Of that figure, £420 million would be given by the health service to offer care for 'urgent needs'.

"Surely a party that supported the policy one week, shouldn't be opposing it the next week?" Mr Brown asked.

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