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.”