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.

Thursday, February 11, 2010

Gordon Brown's Death Tax

It's certainly been an interesting few days both nationally and in South Tyneside if you look at the debates currently active on Care Homes and the Elderly..... I went to visit Connolly House today, as part of my continued support against the proposed closure of the facility. The staff at Connolly House are amazing and it's so obvious the residents there are being very well looked after. Connolly House should be a benchmark for care in the borough, not earmarked as part of a borough wide cost cutting exercise where vulnerable, elderly people will suffer as a result.

Older people must be given more support in their old age, especially the most vulnerable and that is why a Conservative Government will introduce a Home Protection Scheme, a voluntary insurance programme to allow people – for a one off £8,000 payment – to make sure they never have to sell their home to pay for residential care.

But Labour’s plans to extend free personal care and to introduce a National Care Service are in chaos. Gordon Brown is considering levying a death tax of up to £20,000 on every person in England, and new research says he’ll also need to increase council tax by £26 a year to pay for his plans for social care for the elderly. The Prime Minister needs to come clean about who will pay the price for these new services.

To read local council leaders’ warning about Gordon Brown’s plans

http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/politics/article7021299.ece

Another interesting Times piece from today:

http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/politics/article7022706.ece

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