Boris Johnson denies he delivered the Conservative Party statement amid row over welfare reforms
- Boris Johnson watered down a promise he made in the 2019 general election
- Now people will not be forced to sell the house they or their spouses live in.
- In PMQs, Sir Keir Starmer criticized Mr Johnson’s decision not to keep the promise
The prime minister insisted last night that he has not abandoned the Tory manifesto entirely as his welfare reforms have been described as a “tax of working-class dementia”.
Boris Johnson has watered down a promise he made in the 2019 general election that no one who needs sponsorship will have to “sell their home to pay for it”.
Instead, he now pledges not to “force people to sell the house in which they or their spouses live.”
The Prime Minister insisted last night that he has not abandoned the Tory manifesto entirely because his welfare reforms have been described as a “working-class dementia tax”.
Prominent state welfare schemes have been at the center of the controversy since it was found that they would not be as generous to those less wealthy as they had thought.
Mr Johnson has reneged on a series of promises he made in the election, including those on national insurance, pensions, foreign aid, broadband and the government’s disability strategy.
Asked if the Prime Minister had abandoned the statement entirely yesterday, his spokesperson insisted: “Not at all.”
In the Prime Minister’s Questions, Sir Keir Starmer criticized Johnson’s decision to break a promise that under his reforms in England no one would have to sell their house to pay for welfare.
“Who knows if he will make it to the next election, but if he does, how can he expect anyone to take him and his promises seriously?” asked the leader of the Labor Party.
Sir Keir accused Johnson of facing a “pickpocket” to introduce a “working-class dementia tax” because poorer households faced more relative loss of their assets than those of the richer.
In the Prime Minister’s Questions, Sir Keir Starmer criticized Johnson’s decision to break a promise that under his reforms in England no one would have to sell their home to pay for welfare.
During the 2017 election campaign, Theresa May was forced to back down on welfare proposals after critics dubbed them the ‘dementia tax’.
Despite the switch, she insisted, “Nothing has changed.”
It’s just like their 2017 statement again, but this time something has changed,” Sir Kerr said yesterday.
Johnson defended his record, saying his welfare plan “provided more workers across the country than Labor has ever done”.