Why has Theresa May had to rework commitments on social care?

Asked about the Tories' shrinking lead in the opinion polls, the Prime Minister said: "There's only one poll that counts in any election campaign".

The party performed badly in a slew of polls over the weekend, following the announcement at last week's Conservative manifesto launch.

Speaking in Wrexham, Mrs May announced a cap would be included in the consultation on long-term social care costs which would be held by a re-elected Tory government.

In her interview with Andrew Neil on Monday evening, Ms May brushed off the polls, adding she had never taken the outcome of the election for granted.

The Conservative page claims Labour Leader Jeremy Corbyn has been "running a scare campaign of false claims to deliberately mislead some of the most vulnerable members of our society" over the policy reform, and that the new way will mean the elderly will no long have to sell their homes in their own lifetimes to pay for care.

The policy, which has been dubbed a "dementia tax" by opponents, is polling badly among traditional support groups for the Conservatives and has been privately criticised by Tory MPs.

After launching her manifesto last week, including unexpected plans to reduce financial support for elderly voters, May returned to her core message, saying that Corbyn was not committed to or capable of securing a successful Brexit.

A lack of certainty about the policy also caused confusion, something the party has attempted to clear up although questions remain.

"Not satisfied with plunging our social care system into crisis, Theresa May's nasty party has promised more attacks on older people", he said at a rally.

"There's only going to be a choice between two people as to who's sitting opposite those 27 European countries, me or Jeremy Corbyn", she said. "I'm expressing the fears that a lot of people have and I suggest the Prime Minister, instead of blaming me, should look to herself and look to her team and look to the policy, or lack of policy, that's she's put forward".

Former Lib Dem leader Nick Clegg said Theresa May had suffered a "manifesto meltdown" but had still not provided certainty to families about how much they would have to pay for domiciliary care.

Prime Minister Theresa May, has announced the public will be given the chance to have "an absolute limit" on what they must pay for their social care costs in a Conservative manifesto U-turn that has been described as more "weak and wobbly" than "strong and stable".

In its manifesto, May's Conservative party said it would raise the means-tested threshold for elderly care from £23,250 to £100,000.

"They won't have to worry about those monthly bills for their care".

Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt said at the time that it was "completely explicit" that the idea of a cap had been dropped.

In the face of the furore over the "dementia tax", it took just four days for Mrs May to order a U-turn confirming that the Tories would introduce an "absolute limit" after all.

  • Zachary Reyes