Andrew Rosindell M.P. has issued the following statement about the vote for the Health and Social Care Levy:
“The current social care system is in a state of crisis, with deeply unequal outcomes for those who suffer the curse of dementia verse those with a terminal illness. In this country, if you have a terminal illness you will receive medical care free at the point of use. If you have dementia, you are likely to see your savings eliminated and your chances of passing on an inheritance evaporate.
It is absolutely right then, that the Government fulfils promises it made with regards to fixing social care, ensuring that those who can pay do contribute their fair share, while protecting people from eye-watering and life-changing care costs.
However, I believe strongly in the principle of low taxes, in particular for those on low incomes. Government should be looking to ease the tax burden, not increase it. I am also concerned that social care will become an endless black hole of funding. It is vital therefore that there is a serious and concerted effort at reforming the system.”
With this in mind, I have decided to abstain on the vote on the Health and Social Care Levy."