A video that slams Theresa May and the Conservatives’ social care policy pledges has gone viral. And its creator told The Canary that, on the Sky News leaders’ debate on 29 May, the Prime Minister “deliberately misled elderly people on national television”.
A scathing analysis
Peter Stefanovic is becoming well known on social media. He is getting a reputation for producing video shorts that cut through mainstream media bias; ones that tell the viewer the whole story on political and social issues. And in his latest video, he pulls no punches when it comes to the Tories’ plans:
As The Canary previously reported, May’s ‘dementia tax’ has caused a storm since it was first announced in the Conservative Party manifesto on 18 May. Not only because many people view it as a stealth tax on elderly people, but also because the PM performed a U-turn on the policy on 22 May.
Previously, the Conservative manifesto said that, if people had over £100,000 in assets (including property), they would have to take out a form of equity release, lifetime mortgage or other financial policy. This is so payments for social care could be secured against the value of their estate. The money would then be recovered on the person’s death, or when they sold their property.
But then, May said that there would be a cap on how much people would have to pay out in social care bills. This figure would be decided after a consultation.
The Tories: taking people’s homes “brick by brick”
An angry Stefanovic told The Canary that it meant a future government would take away people’s homes “brick by brick”:
She deliberately misled the elderly on national television to steal their homes. Listen to what I say: the estate won’t just get the bill after they die, they will have to be sent a bill every week or month and will have to watch the equity in their homes disappear brick by brick. But what’s so awful is the way she deliberately sought to confuse the elderly on Monday between residential care and care in the home. To the point that the elderly guy who asked the question said after the show he would actually vote for her. People need to know the truth before it’s too late. Many elderly people are already saying they would rather die than let this happen.
Analysis shows that, as a rule, elderly people tend to vote Conservative at general elections. So the Tories may have thought they could get away with a policy targeted specifically at the demographic, with few repercussions. But the public outcry over the ‘dementia tax’ has been such that the party may have made a grave error, with an arrogant judgement about its core voters. And come 8 June, elderly people could well have a surprise for May at the ballot box.
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