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