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Plan for social care levy due

30th March 2010

New plans put forward by the Labour party would see an obligatory charge introduced to fund social care in England.

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MPs have called for the creation of a commission to investigate the cost of the charge and when it should be imposed.

The Conservative Party do not agree with the idea of a compulsory levy and have deemed charges on estates to be death taxes.

The Tories have suggested the introduction of  a voluntary insurance payment of £8,000 to cover residential care.

In Britain, the number of elderly people is rising and the cost of care will increase.

Many elderly people have had to sell their homes in order to fund the cost of residential care.

Health Secretary Andy Burnham said he was in favour of a compulsory charge as he presented a white paper on the topic.

He said that an independent expert committee would be set up to find out how the charge could be instigated.

He called the policy as "a momentous decision" that would offer everyone care.

"It will give people peace of mind in later life and help them protect everything they have worked for. We have the cruellest system of all at the moment."

 

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