Monday, 22 May 2017

Tory U-Turn on Care Costs Reveals "Weak and Wobbling" PM

Strong SNP Voices Needed to Stand Up for Older People

Commenting on Theresa May’s embarrassing U-turn on the costs of social care – where she announced a consultation on a cap on care costs following intense criticism of the Tory manifesto provisions – SNP Depute Leader and candidate for Moray, Angus Robertson, said:

“This is an utter humiliation for Theresa May, and the U-turn betrays the reality of the Tory leadership – that of a weak and wobbling Prime Minister.

“Just four days after launching their manifesto, Mrs May has crumbled under criticism and announced this embarrassing reverse.

“Today’s U-turn follows the climb down over National Insurance policy in the last Budget. So the question now is what else is set to be ditched from an unravelling manifesto, by a Tory party which is clearly in panic?

“The manifesto policy on care costs has clearly bombed with voters on the doorsteps. And older people are right to be horrified by the Tories’ attacks on pensioner incomes – while cutting taxes for the rich, the Conservatives want to slash winter fuel payments and are refusing to guarantee fair state pension increases.

“The more this campaign continues, the more the Tory mask slips and the more we see the cruel consequences of their policies – no wonder the Prime Minister is afraid to face voters.

“On June 8th, the people of Scotland have a chance to elect strong SNP voices who will stand up for Scotland’s pensioners – protecting free personal care for the elderly, supporting the triple-lock on pensions and protecting winter fuel payments.

“Now more than ever, it is vital that we have strong SNP voices standing up for Scotland at Westminster.”
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