4 July 2019 – the overnight press release

Lib Dems: More join calls for Tories to end social care funding crisis

Responding to the House of Lords Economic Affairs Committee report which describes social care funding as “a national scandal”, Liberal Democrat Health spokesperson Judith Jolly said:

As people continue to suffer because they are not getting the care they need, it becomes clearer and clearer the abdication of responsibility from the Tories on social care.

This Conservative Government has continued to under-fund social care to the point of crisis. This report is yet another voice saying loud and clear that enough is enough.

The Liberal Democrats would put a penny in the pound on income tax to give social care the direct cash injection it needs as a first step to address the funding problems. We would also work cross-party to ensure that any measures put in place were sustainable.

Rather than pledging billions to protect businesses from an economic disaster of their own making, or u-turning on a sugar tax to pander to Tory members, the candidates hoping to become the next Prime Minister would be better explaining if they will back the Liberal Democrat demands to solve the social care crisis.

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  • nigel hunter 4th Jul '19 - 11:10am

    Sugar. Belize produces plenty of its raw material. it is also a tax haven .Well off Tories have funds there . The possible next PM ,a neoliberal,. is no friend of the low paid (80k tax idea). Tate and Lyle sugar producer is now owned by ASR an American company. Au-turn on a sugar tax will benefit foriegn (plus well off Tories) shareholders.With EU plans to alter tax laws the rich will loose out .With Brexit and the’ right ‘PM in position they will benefit.

  • David Becket 4th Jul '19 - 11:34am

    Unlikely Tories will help Social Care, the poor and the disabled. They are too busy pandering to the well off and letting them tear round the country killing foxes.
    If any good comes from this mess it will be the end of the Tory party.

  • nigel hunter 4th Jul '19 - 12:29pm

    YES should be pointed out! The fact that we are 3rd in the polls AND it is not the 1st poll showing it. We have been high in polls for the last month!

  • Has anybody ever mentioned yet another penny on or off income tax before as the panacea for all ills ? Was it for education ? Was it about social care ? Would it buy half or a quarter of a Trident submarine so our new leader would be able to press the nuclear button without hesitation, repetition or deviation in just a minute ?

    Yes, indeed they did. I remember in the Glenrothes by-election in Fife in November 2008 the Scottish Lib Dems put out a leaflet advocating a CUT of a penny in the pound on income tax. Fat lot of good it did them – just over 900 votes and a 2.6% share of the vote.

    Not much else to inspire in this thread… a few euphoric squeaks about opinion polls…. and apart from David Becket nothing about social care. We seem to be living in some sort of Brexit inspired intellectual vacuum these days…….but never mind, there’s always that old chestnut of a penny on or off income as an excuse for not having to think.

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