Boris Johnson’s social care plans may be more damaging to him in the north than his broken HS2 promises.


Boris Johnson’s social care plans may be more damaging to him in the north than his broken HS2 promises.

Johnson’s victory in the ‘Red Wall’ seats in 2019 was largely due to older, home-owning former Labour voters.

The Conservatives’ 2019 election manifesto was light on details on social care reform, but one promise stood out.

Boris Johnson stated that “no one in need of care has to sell their home to pay for it” as a key condition of his plan.

Few realized at the time that this promise only applied to the better off in the South, not to those in the North with much less valuable homes.

The central political problem with the Department for Health and Social Care’s last-minute changes to the care cap costs is that devilish small print.

They were snuck out under the radar on a frantic day in Westminster, when the Prime Minister himself made sleaze and standards the dominant topic.

Sajid Javid made no oral Commons statement (either yesterday or today), no press conference, and no fanfare to suggest this was a major announcement.

Instead, we received a snatched written statement from Gillian Keegan, the care minister.

In the Commons chamber, Keegan spent the majority of her time denying that there had been any ministerial impropriety in the awarding of pandemic contracts to Randox, the firm that employed Owen Paterson as a lobbyist.

The think tank King’s Fund was quick to point out who would be the losers.

The cap only applies to what individuals pay for their care; any state assistance received through the means test is not included in the £86,000 limit.

So, if you have £1 million in assets and are responsible for all of your care costs, you’ll reach the cap in a few years and then pay nothing.

However, if you have less than £100,000 in assets (and receive government assistance to pay for them), you’ll likely pay for the majority of your remaining life and leave very little to your children.

The fear of dementia or other long-term illnesses will return to the less fortunate.

Sir Andrew Dilnot, a social care expert, told MPs today that he “regrets” the change because “it finds savings exclusively from the less well-off group.”

That was the conclusion.

UK news summary from Infosurhoy

Boris Johnson’s social care plans may end up hurting him in the north more than his broken HS2 promises.

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