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Burnham and Lansley spar over care policy


The Health Secretary Andy Burnham and his Conservative shadow Andrew Lansley have continued their disagreement over the future of social care.

The government is publishing proposals today for a national care service, funded by compulsory payments. Speaking on this morning's programme, Mr Burnham ruled out a "death tax" to pay for the proposed service, which he said will be introduced after the next parliament. This, he added, would represent a "durable solution" to the issue.

But Mr Lansley argued that there should be a voluntary scheme, where people would be able to pay a one-off fee of £8,000 in return for continuing care when older, adding that the government was "in complete retreat" over its proposals.


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