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May 22nd, 2017.

Lib-Dems news release:

Kelly-Marie Blundell is echoing the Liberal Democrat call for a national movement against the “dementia tax” proposed by the Conservatives which would impact on 99% of homes in the Lewes district.

The Conservative Manifesto is proposing to raise the threshold on paying for care to £100,000, but will then also take into account the value of peoples' homes. In Lewes district, this amounts to more than 99% of homes sold in the last year.

Kelly-Marie Blundell, Norman Baker's successor as Parliamentary Candidate for Lewes, said; “This is an out and out attack on the elderly. People who have worked all their lives, paid their taxes and are now retiring are going to be faced with selling their homes in Lewes, in Seaford, in Polegate and in Newhaven, to cover the cost of their care.

“We have already seen the Conservative County Council cut great swathes from the Social Care budget locally, and our NHS is at breaking point.

“So Maria Caulfield and her Conservative colleagues now want to take the money from peoples' homes.

“I will fight this all the way and I am calling on local organisations that support older people to stand up and fight with me.

“The Liberal Democrats will continue to campaign to give social care the extra funding it needs, properly funded with a penny on income tax to pay for it, and to give Britain a brighter future.”

Tim Farron, Leader of the Liberal Democrats, has launched a national movement calling on people, irrespective of their party affiliation, to stop the Conservatives’ planned Dementia Tax.

It comes alongside Liberal Democrat research that reveals that across England, 9 out 10 homes could be eligible for sale to meet Theresa May’s Dementia Tax.

Tim Farron is writing to key organisations about the campaign, including David Cameron as President of Alzheimer's Research UK.

Writing to the leaders of leading health and older peoples’ charities, Tim Farron said: “The measure of a government is how they treat the most vulnerable in our society. I don’t think that the Conservatives are unaware of the impact of their plans, but they chose to ignore the human cost.

“Every elderly person who needs care should receive it in the best place for them and not be fearful of those mounting, limitless costs. I am determined that we ensure that Theresa May drops the so-called ‘Dementia Tax’ and implement a cap on the cost of care.

“Caring for our elderly must be above party politics and that is why I want to urge anyone who opposes the Conservatives’ plans to come together to stop it.

“We must resist this plan and challenge would-be Conservative MPs to reject and stop it.

“As a first step, I am urging people to sign up at to help. I hope you will urge the supporters of your organisation to do the same. Together we can stop the so-called Dementia Tax.”