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Thurrock Labour determined to fight Jackie Doyle-Price on “Dementia Tax”

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Thurrock Labour vows to fight Jackie Doyle-Price’s ‘Dementia Tax’

THE Thurrock Labour Party is preparing for a major political battle after videos have emerged showing Thurrock’s Conservative MP Jackie Doyle-Price still supports the principal of a ‘dementia tax’ to pay for elderly care.

The dementia tax, which was first suggested by the Conservatives during the recent general election, would see pensioners in Thurrock forced to sell their family homes in order to pay for their care needs in old age.

After a massive public backlash against the scheme it was thought that the dementia tax had been dropped, but recent footage from the Conservative Party Conference shows Jackie Doyle-Price restating her belief that pensioners homes are not ‘assets to be passed on to their offspring.’

Labour Councillor for Grays Thurrock, John Kent, attacked proposals for a dementia tax saying “I don’t know what world the Conservatives are living in. People around Thurrock have had to work hard to get a family home and leave a little something to their children once they are gone. But now the Tories want to take it all away from us.

“In the short term this ill thought out plan penalises people who have worked hard, payed their taxes and bought their homes, in the longer term it does nothing to plan for the future as fewer youngsters are able to buy their own homes and would cost local councils £380 million a year.

The solution is Labour’s plan to raise an extra £8 billion for health and social care by asking the top 5% of earners to pay a little more tax.”

Thurrock Labour leader Councillor Oliver Gerrish has also condemned Jackie Doyle-Price for her comments, saying “it absolutely beggars belief that Jackie Doyle-Price apparently still wants to see a dementia tax imposed upon Thurrock residents.

“This policy is completely unfair as it means that working class pensioners with modest homes would be forced to sell up whilst the Tories multi-millionaire friends with large sums of money can pay for their care and keep their homes. Worse still the dementia tax penalises pensioners for not dying quick enough, with more money being taken away from those with prolonged illnesses. It is grotesque!

“Once again Jackie Doyle-Price is completely failing to represent the interests of Thurrock residents. Jackie has sided against residents in every major issue in recent years.

“She sold us down the river over the new Lower Thames Crossing ploughing through our greenbelt and villages. She has supported the move to sell off Orsett Hospital, and now she wants to see our parents and grandparents stripped of their family homes.

“Thurrock desperately needs a Labour MP to fight for local people and until that day comes Thurrock Labour will do everything we can locally to protect our communities from this awful Conservative government.”

2 COMMENTS

  1. Though I agree with Labour on this I would never vote for them again after Blairs wars and Browns Bankers Bailout. Death to the Neo Liberals.

  2. Were the powers that be within the Conservative Government, e.g. the Prime Minister and Jeremy Hunt, being deliberately perverse when they elevated Ms Jaccqueline Doyle-Price to the post of a Junior Minister within the Department of Health, even more so by appointing her as the spokesperson on care for the elderly and the mentally ill? For sheer effrontery I liken her appointment to that of the appointment of Tony Blair as“ a peace envoy” to the Middle East, talk about adding insult to injury. Like Blair, the only person likely to benefit from Ms Doyle-Price’s appointment is Ms Doyle-Price.
    Her pronouncements, both pre and post her appointment, have not been sympathetic towards those who rely on payments from the public purse such as pensioners, the disabled, the mentally ill, and those in need of special care in the latter stages of their lives. She says that people should stand on their own two feet and support themselves, not rely on the taxpayer. All this from someone whose substantial wage is paid by the taxpayer, whose expenses are paid by the taxpayer, and who will eventually receive a generous pension, also paid for by the taxpayer.
    Her most recent pronouncement that ownership of a house is not an investment to be inherited by ones children but is an asset to be sold off to pay the cost of care in old age demonstrates just how hardnosed she really is. I thought that National Insurance contributions were intended to pay for health care in the latter stages of life. Like the big bad wolf she will huff and puff until she has blown your house down.
    The fact that she “drops into a few stalls” at a public event and says a few complimentary words does not necessarily mean she cares about the welfare of the elderly or the mentally ill, on the contrary, it is probably more about promoting the fortunes of the Conservative Party and enhancing her own political ambitions.
    Having said all of this I have to acknowledge that Ms Doyle-Price has been elected at three successive General Elections. What this says about the voters in Thurrock leaves me somewhat baffled. I hope that her success is not due to public support in Thurrock for her views on the care and welfare of the elderly and mentally ill.

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