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Very plain care-home-fees pledge broken weeks after election win

[12 Aug 2015] The UK prime minister, David Cameron, has emphasized the importance of using plain language in government. But after making a very plain manifesto pledge during May’s election battle, he broke it within weeks of winning the election.

The Conservatives’ manifesto promised to apply a £72,000 lifetime cap to the fees that self-funding residents of care homes would have to pay from April 2016. On 16 July, the Care Minister betrayed many old people who had relied on it by saying it would be ‘postponed’ until 2020. In this case, ‘postponed’ means it will never happen.

In an uncompromising article that spares neither of the two main parties, Martin Cutts examines how and why the pledge was broken. To download the article, click here. [2MB]

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