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6 hours ago
Theresa May says party has delivered ‘real steps towards tackling domestic violence’, but wants to go furtherTheresa May has promised to create a new aggravated offence when domestic violence is directed towards a child to allow perpetrators to be punished for longer if she wins the election. Sh[...]
ChildrenChildren and Parenting
12 hours ago
Amber Rudd says Tories are unsure about maximum people should have to pay and will consider options after 8 JuneTheresa May will not reveal at what level the Conservatives’ social care policy will be capped before the election, members of her cabinet have admitted.The Tories announced there would [...]
Health and Care
1 day ago
It’s too late for many pensioners to insure against the futureWhen we bought our first home in the 1960s, it was not to amass a fortune but simply to provide a secure home for our children and to be able to live rent- and mortgage-free in our retirement.Yes, we were fortunate to buy at a time when[...]
Children and ParentingHousing and PovertyHealth and Care
3 days ago
Funding social care should be a shared responsibility, says Labour councillor Steve Munby, while Colin Godber, Brian Collingridge and Guy Spence point to the lack of fairness and clarity in the Conservatives’ plans to pay for itPolly Toynbee castigates Theresa May for her U-turn on social care fun[...]
Health and Care
4 days ago
From a dementia tax to a National Care Service, the Conservative, Labour and Liberal Democrat election promises about social care examinedWhile the snap election appears to be about getting a mandate for Brexit, the controversy over social care proposals in the Conservative manifesto has ignited the[...]
PolicyD
4 days ago
The Labour candidate for Oxford West and Abingdon on the barriers facing disabled people who aim to stand for election – and how to remove themAs a disability rights activist and someone with a disability, I’m proud to be the Labour party’s prospective parliamentary candidate for Oxford West a[...]
Disabilities
4 days ago
Less than one percent of MPs are disabled. Taking away vital financial support is only set to make this under-representation worseParked up in a field, Mary Griffiths Clarke – the Labour prospective parliamentary candidate for Arfon, in north Wales – is spending the general election campaign liv[...]
Disabilities
5 days ago
The swiftly introduced cap on care liability underlines the need for a green paper that deals with the quality of care, not just the costWere it not so serious, the Conservatives’ remarkably ham-fisted approach to deciding how we should pay for care and support in our old age would win high marks [...]
Health and Care
6 days ago
Prime minister spends day battling against accusations of indecision after change to policy outlined in manifestoTheresa May has been accused of “chaos, confusion and indecision” after announcing a U-turn on her plans to make people pay more for social care just days after they were first announ[...]
Health and Care
6 days ago
Readers’ thoughts on increasing child poverty and housing problems, the Tory threat to free school lunches, and other issues on which young people are being let down by politiciansUnder the last Labour government, there were impressive reductions in child poverty, which are being reversed, with a [...]
ChildrenHousingChildren and ParentingHous
6 days ago
The Tory manifesto explicitly rejects a cap on costs, so the PM is wrong to claim that ‘nothing has changed’
The sound of screeching rubber has accompanied Theresa May’s U-turn on her policy on social care costs, fatally dubbed the “dementia tax”. But she insists that “nothing has cha[...]
Health and Care
6 days ago
Prime minister accused of ‘manifesto meltdown’ but insists nothing has changed after introducing idea of cap on social care costs• General election 2017 - latest updatesTheresa May has said that a Conservative government would set an “absolute limit” on the amount that people pay for socia[...]
Health and Care
6 days ago
The prime minister claims nothing has changed after giving a speech that rowed back on the Conservative manifesto plan for social care, introducing the idea of a cap on costsTheresa May announces U-turn on ‘dementia tax’ Continue reading...
HealthHealth and Care
6 days ago
The big parties speak only of practicalities. Perhaps they should try focusing on aesthetics for a changeOstentatious parsimony was the phrase used by Kate Macintosh, the woman responsible for some of the most ambitious local authority housing of the 1960s and 70s, to describe the spending environme[...]
HousingHousing and PovertyHealth and Care
1 week ago
Lib Dem minister in David Cameron’s coalition says disparity in how councils use ‘deferred payment’ agreements could lead to a postcode lottery scenarioConservative plans for councils to recoup the care costs of elderly people from their estates after they die may flounder due to poor-performi[...]
Housing and PovertyHealth and CareGerontology
1 week ago
Nuffield Trust thinktank says promises by Tories, Labour and Lib Dems fail to match lowest projections of what NHS will needThe major political parties have failed to guarantee the NHS the extra money it will need in the next few years to cope with the growing pressures on it, independent health exp[...]
Health and CareGovernment Policy
1 week ago
The work and pensions secretary says pensioners ‘in genuine need’ will still get the winter fuel payment. Questioned on BBC1’s The Andrew Marr Show on Sunday about how much pensioners would lose under a Tory government, Green says they would have to wait for the result of a consultation after [...]
1 week ago
Minister unable to say before election who will lose fuel allowance, and struggles to explain cost of social care changes• General election 2017 - live updates
Older voters will have to wait until after the election to find out how much money they could lose as a result of Conservative manifest[...]
Health and CareGerontology
1 week ago
Institute for Fiscal Studies warns of less generous system, as Labour says ‘savage attack’ on pensioners could sway electionTheresa May’s flagship manifesto proposal to shake up the funding of social care for older people has come under fire from the independent Institute for Fiscal Studies an[...]
Health and CareGerontology
1 week ago
The Conservative party’s proposed solution to the crisis in adult social care is not only grossly unfair but also electorally suicidal, say readersThank you, Mrs May. I am sure my wife would have been delighted to be reassured that she can keep £100,000 of her own money after her death (PM gamble[...]
Children and ParentingEducationHealth and CareGerontologyDisabilities
1 week ago
So far the election campaign has been helpful to the NHS, but the three main parties’ plans would all leave a significant funding gapLabour’s election manifesto offers confused plans for the NHS, while the Conservatives have admitted there are serious problems with existing legislation.
The T[...]
PolicyHealth
1 week ago
Labour wants to end rough sleeping, while the Tories pledge to halve it – a promise that does nothing more than undo the harm already causedThis week is the war of the manifestos. Labour has laid out its vision for Britain under Jeremy Corbyn while Theresa May has unveiled her first real policy pr[...]
Housing and Poverty
1 week ago
Under the Conservatives’ manifesto proposals, homes of dementia patients like Alex would become means-testable assets – and sold off
“My dad has the best care. He’s surrounded by love.” Nicola Steen is proud of the extensive system of social-care support that has evolved to keep her fat[...]
Children and ParentingHealth and Care
1 week ago
Conservatives saying the state is super? Public managers should remember this moment when the real cuts bite
After years of drought, the words fall like precious drops of water. No mention of public servants putting “scars on his back”, as Tony Blair put it, or “enemies of enterprise” (Da[...]
1 week ago
Everything you need to know about Theresa May’s proposals to change the funding of social careGeneral election 2017 – latest updates
Theresa May said she wanted to be honest about the “difficult decision and trade-offs” that the country faces as she unveiled a plan to make older people an[...]
Health and Care
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