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UK care for the elderly in doubt

In what will be the first of many live TV debates as we move towards the general election, a debate regarding care for the elderly descended into chaos today with the three parties unable to agree on plans for the future. Indeed the Tory health minister Andrew Lansley refused to attend a forthcoming conference covering the subject of Britain's ageing population until the UK government drops its demands for an "estate tax" which has been dubbed a "death tax". The UK government is adamant this particular tax will go through with the proceeds used to help pay for home care.

The fact that this particular TV debate, the first of many planned over the next few weeks, saw all parties at loggerheads does not bode well for the future. It seems as though the Conservatives and the Labour Party are so far apart on so many issues that middle ground is effectively 1,000,000 miles away. On the other hand we have the Liberal Democrat party stuck in the middle and effectively looking to curry favour with voters who do not want to vote for the Labour Party or the Conservative party.

The funding of Britain's ageing population is a situation which needs to be addressed sooner rather than later although whether the introduction of a "death tax" is the correct move remains to be seen.

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