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Election Debate on Care

The care system has been among the issues most commonly raised by people contacting the BBC's Your Voice Your Vote during the election campaign.

 

Age UK estimates that 2.6 million people need support with day-to-day tasks like washing, dressing and medication, but aren’t able to get that help.

 

The system is outdated, unfair and crying out for reform - and on that there is broad political agreement.

 

But during the election campaign, the two main political parties have steered away from detailed plans. In the first televised leaders’ debate of the general election campaign, Rishi Sunak and Sir Keir Starmer spent a total of 36 seconds on the subject - neither challenging the other on what they said.

 

You can perhaps understand nerves among Labour and the Conservatives as in previous elections both parties have seen campaigns crashed by the issue of social care.

 

In 2010, Labour’s plans to pay for universal long-term care were dubbed a “death tax” by the Tories. Then, in turn, the Conservatives’ 2017 proposals for social care funding were branded a “dementia tax” by Labour.

 

So, there remains little real detail about what will happen – particularly when it comes to how care will be funded under a new Government.

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