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Grey army gives Government thumbs down

The Government is losing support from &#39grey voters&#39 because of dithering over how long-term care should be funded, according to a new survey.

Research carried out by Mori on behalf of the Help the Aged charity has found 57 per cent of older people would be more likely to vote for a political party offering greater financial support for people in long-term care.

About 55 per cent of those aged more than 65 said they are disatisfied with the Government compared to 49 per cent of the electorate as a whole. The most important issue for voters over 65 is the state of the National Health Service.

Mori director Robert Worcester says: “The Government clearly has bridges to build with Britain&#39s 65 pluses. Given that they make up one fifth of the British electorate and are more likely than other groups to exercise their vote, they are a powerful force in politics.”

The findings of the Mori poll were unveiled at a Continuing Care Conference held at the Mothers&#39 Union at Westminster, London, last week.


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