Norman Lamb has issued a challenge to the Prime Minister to meet with him to debate the Conservatives' plans for social care, ahead of her planned visit to North Norfolk before the General Election.
Speaking on the Victoria Derbyshire programme, he challenged Mrs May to defend the proposed Dementia Tax which would force homeowners to pay tens of thousands of pounds more for home care.
It comes as research by the Liberal Democrats revealed that 95% of homes in North Norfolk could be eligible for sale to meet the Dementia Tax.
Norman Lamb has urged residents, irrespective of their party affiliation, to join a campaign to stop the Conservatives' social care plans which could saddle those with long-term illnesses with crippling care costs after their death. He is also calling for a £72,000 cap on the costs of care, which he introduced as a minister in the Coalition Government but was left out of the Conservative manifesto when it was launched last week. Despite her apparent u-turn this week, the Prime Minister has only committed to consulting on plans for a cap.
Liberal Democrat candidate Norman Lamb said:
"We expect Theresa May to visit North Norfolk soon and I think she owes it to those who are very worried about this policy to explain. Caring for our elderly should be above party politics and that is why I want to urge anyone who opposes these plans to come together to stop this dreadful policy.
“Every elderly person who needs care should receive it in the best place for them. People shouldn't have to worry about losing everything they've worked hard for to pay for crippling care costs.
“As Care Minister, I pushed through a new law to introduce a cap on the costs people would have to pay for social care in old age. After abandoning this in the Conservative Manifesto, Theresa May today made a cynical attempt to save face by giving a vague commitment to consult on a cap after the election. Why doesn’t she get on and implement the cap that I introduced, which her party also committed to in 2015?
"If she genuinely believes that her proposals for social care are fair to elderly people, and those who have the misfortune to be diagnosed with conditions like dementia, then she should be brave enough to meet with me to make her case."