Karen Allen

I fought South Shields at the May 2010 General Election for the Conservatives, gaining a 6.4% swing which was a 4% vote increase. The Conservatives polled 7,886 up from 5,207 in 2005. I was born in the North East and grew up in South Shields. I currently live in London and am employed as a Director at Lloyd's Broker Howden International.

Friday, December 18, 2009

Conservative Promise to Help the Elderly

A Conservative government will introduce a new home protection scheme that will end the desperate situation whereby tens of thousands of older people are being forced to sell their homes each year to pay for residential care at the end of their lives.

Under our voluntary scheme, people reaching retirement will have the option to pay a one-off joining fee that we estimate will be around £8,000, in return for a guarantee that absolutely all fees for permanent residential care would be waived - for life.

The scale of Labour’s betrayal of pensioners was revealed as it emerged that every year at least 3,000 elderly people are forced to sell their homes to pay for residential care. The scandal of Britain’s crumbling care system has reached such proportions that a third of all those paying the cost of their care end up without their house. I know from visiting Care Homes in South Shields and speaking with a number of pensioners that people are very angry that after more than a decade of Labour promises, a record number of people who have saved all their lives are still having to put their houses up for sale, while those who have squandered their money get free care.

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