98% of homes in the New Forest could be eligible for sale to meet Theresa May’s so-called ‘dementia tax’, research by the Liberal Democrats has revealed.

Terry Scriven and David Harrison have urged residents, irrespective of their party affiliation, to join a campaign to stop the Conservative social care plans which would saddle those with long-term illnesses with crippling care costs after their death.

The Liberal Democrats are calling for a penny on income tax to boost funding for the NHS and social care by £6bn a year, as well as a £72,000 cap to protect people from crippling care costs.

Liberal Democrat candidate for New Forest West, Terry Scriven, said:

“Caring for our elderly should be above party politics and that is why I want to urge anyone who opposes these plans to come together to stop them.

“Every elderly person who needs care should receive it in the best place for them. People shouldn’t have to worry about losing everything they’ve worked hard for to pay for crippling care costs.

“Together we can stop the so-called ‘Dementia Tax’ and put in place a cap on the cost of care.”

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