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Norwich MP slams changes to care plans

A key policy touted by the Conservatives before the general election only to be quietly dropped in last month’s budget will cause chaos for families in Norfolk claims a Norwich MP.
Clive Lewis MP talks to older people at Melbourne Cottages, Union Street, Norwich.  Pic credit: Mark Tillie

The Conservative manifesto pledge included a direct appeal to the older voter in form of a cap of £72,000 on care costs, with the cap coming into place in April 2016.  This has now been pushed back to the end of this Parliament with the risk it may never come into force.

With the number of older people living in Norfolk only set to increase over the next 10 years, the fragmentation of the care system is a big issue for many families faced with rising care costs. 

Norwich South Labour MP Clive Lewis said: 

“This is just the latest in a series of post-election u-turns by this government that will hit the people of our city. Before the election they were telling us that they'd upgrade our rail-line to London and the A47.  Now we have delay and possible shelving of plans to cap care costs which will hit some of our city's most vulnerable older people and the families that care about them.”

Labour’s most recent policy was to integrate health and social care over the next decade.

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