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Press comment: U-turn as care policy allowed to chop and change with political current


If you are covering the current debate over care policy and the Conservative’s apparent U-turn on proposals outlined in their manifesto, please see the following comment from Old Mutual Wealth head of retirement policy, Jon Greer:

Jon Greer“Social care should not be a policy that is allowed to chop and change with the political current. By its very nature, the question of social care is one which affects every generation and which must be met with a sustainable long-term solution that offers everyone confidence they will have access to a reasonable standard of care if they become unwell in later life.

“Caring for someone with a degenerative later-life illness must not be subject to this kind of political to and fro and we’d urge policymakers to look at forming a social care policy which represents an acceptable compromise for all parties via a cross-party parliamentary group.

“This election campaign has forced the question of care to the front of our national debate, which is absolutely crucial if we are to find a measured and fair resolution to this important and emotive subject. But I fear that policy will suffer if it is a formulated under the heat of the election spotlight. By allowing social care funding  decisions to become a topic for political point-scoring, exemplified by today’s apparent reversal on manifesto proposals, policymakers risk losing sight of the fact that social care is not a short-term tax and spending initiative which can be tweaked on a rolling basis, like income tax or VAT.

“For those thinking about planning for their own retirement and later life needs, it is important to recognise that any changes being discussed now will be subject to lengthy consultation and will need to be approved by parliament. While it may affect you in the future, the principles of building healthy savings for later life remain unchanged.”

For more information contact

Tim Skelton-SmithOld Mutual Wealth02380 916 99807824 145
Michael GlenisterOld Mutual Wealth020 7778 963807469

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