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Heading for a hung parliament

by Daphne Liddle

RECENT opinion polls are showing the Tory lead over Labour ranging from two to 11 points but averaging at seven points. This indicates that after the coming 2010 general election we are very likely to have a hung parliament, with no party having an overall majority.

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Paying for care

HEALTH Secretary Andy Burnham last Monday put the issue of how to fund care for the elderly on the back burner by ruling out legislation to introduce a “death tax” — or better named inheritance tax because only the living can pay taxes — within the next parliament. He also said he would introduce a cap on what the elderly have to pay for themselves for residential care to two years. If they survive beyond two years all care will be free.

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