Conservatives’ house sale veto is “uncosted aspiration”, think-tank says

“The [Conservatives’] promise that nobody would need to sell their house to pay for social care would appear to be little more than an uncosted aspiration,” the Institute of Fiscal Studies has said in a critique of the main parties’ election manifestos for social care.

The think-tank adds: “The Conservatives have failed to come up with any kind of plan or any kind of money for social care.”

Turning to Labour, it says that the proposal to make personal care free for all would be expensive – around £7 billion a year – but would still not insure people against the potential catastrophic costs associated with need for long term nursing care.

The IFS critique also looks at the manifestos’ plans for spending on public services  and the outlook for the public finances.

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