Moore rebels by voting against Tory plans for social care cap

Moore rebels by voting against Tory plans for social care cap

by Tom Martin (November 2021)

PLANS for a ‘social care cap’ in England have been voted through by the government, despite a significant Tory rebellion that included Southport MP Damien Moore.

On Monday, November 22, MPs narrowly backed an amendment to the Health and Care Bill by 272 votes to 246.

MP Moore unusually voted against his own party and he was joined by 18 other Conservative MPs. It is believed a further 28 defied party orders to back the plan and abstained instead.

The Southport MP was criticised earlier this month by Sefton Central MP Bill Esterson after he voted with the government to overturn Tory MP Owen Paterson’s 30 day suspension from the Commons, before there was an eventual u-turn on the controversial decision.

The new social care proposal is to exclude means-tested council support payments from a new £86,000 lifetime limit on costs.

Those who oppose the plan argue that poorer people would lose out from the change, but PM Boris Johnson insists it is more generous than the current system.

The cap will cover fees for personal care, like help with washing and dressing. It will not cover living costs such as care home fees, food or utility bills.

The bill will now head to the House of Lords, where peers are widely expected to push for changes to the government's blueprint for how the cap will work.


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