Labour’s John McDonnell, the UK’s shadow chancellor, has voiced his anger over the Tories’ proposed changes to the way that social care is funded.
Responding to the Conservatives manifesto launch yesterday, Mr McDonnell told the BBC’s Today programme that old people who developed conditions such as dementia would be penalised under Theresa May’s plans.
The manifesto pledges to scrap a cap limiting the amount people have to spend on social care and an end to the pensions “triple lock”.
“It’s a complete lottery whether you get dementia or not,” he said. “We should be going back to the Dilnot proposals.”
The shadow chancellor added that it was “sick and sneaky” that many pensioners – the most wealthy – could lose their winter fuel payments.
Asked about the prediction from union boss Len McCluskey that Labour would struggle to get 200 seats, he said he was confident of victory. Mr McCluskey “was much more optimistic the next day,” he pointed out.