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BREAKING NEWS: Tories row back on social care plans

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Prime Minister Theresa May has backtracked on an election manifesto pledge to abolish a cap on social care costs.

The Tory about turn followed uproar following the announcement and a poll which indicated that its previously unassailable poll lead had fallen to nine points (see Tories rocked by social care furore).

The Tories’ manifesto pledged to ruled out cap on social care costs saying no-one would see their assets fall below £100,000 (see BREAKING NEWS: Tories outline social care plans in election manifesto).

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Following an outcry over the last few days, the Prime Minister today told Tory activists in Wales that plans will include an “absolute limit” on social care costs.

“We will make sure nobody has to sell their family home to pay for care,” the BBC reported.

“We will make sure there’s an absolute limit on what people need to pay. And you will never have to go below £100,000 of your savings, so you will always have something to pass on to your family.”

The Prime Minister said she had not “changed the basic principles” set out in the manifesto, adding the plans would still give people “peace of mind” about the care available.

She said she was merely clarifying the details.

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