Labour has resurrected plans for a 15 per cent “death tax” to pay for people’s care in old age.
Andy Burnham, the shadow health secretary, said he wants Labour to “embrace” a system where social care is funded by imposing a tax on estates when people die.
Labour abandoned plans for a 10 per cent levy on estates to pay for social care before the 2010 general election following a wave of criticism.
However, at the Fabians Summer Conference in June, Mr Burnham said he was personally in favour of a new tax on estates.
The Conservatives said that official figures show that a 15 per cent “death tax” could mean a levy of £46,000 for the average Briton.
Burnham said Labour is holding “internal party discussions” about imposing the controversial tax.
Any tax would be levied on estates in addition to the 40 per cent inheritance tax, it is thought, penalising families with large homes or other substantial assets.
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