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Jeremy Hunt promises tax breaks for families who build 'granny flats' for elderly relatives

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Families which take in elderly relatives would receive tax breaks from the Government if Jeremy Hunt became Prime Minister.

Unveiling a 10-year plan to improve the social care system, the Tory leadership hopeful said it was a "national scandal" that so many old people are forced to live alone.

He said a government he led would provide incentives for homeowners who build granny flats for relatives.

Mr Hunt said: "Britain is known throughout the world for its compassion and decency, and I want to lead a government that walks the talk on that. That’s why guaranteeing older people dignity and respect in their final years is unfinished business for me."

He added: "If Conservatives stand for anything it has to be dignity and security for our elderly generation as their lives draw to a close.

"The level of loneliness and isolation amongst old people across this country is nothing short of a national scandal. I want to bring health and social care together, and back those unsung heroes caring for their own family members for free." 

And in a swipe at his leadership rival Boris Johnson, Mr Hunt said: ""Others campaigned for £350m a week for the NHS, but I actually delivered it, and I will deliver for our elderly generation too."

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