Families have told of their suffering at losing their homes to pay for social care as Boris Johnson plans to unveil his tax invasion to fix the mess.
The Prime Minister will today brace Britain for a manifesto busting £10 billion tax invasion as he defies critics by driving up national insurance on 25 million workers and millions of firms.
The move will cost employees £30,000 a year, an additional £255 in tax, approximately £5 a week, and Boris Johnson warned last night the NHS can’t recover from the pandemic without a huge cash injection.
And he said it was time to end the scandal of pensioners having to sell their homes to fund care in later life. The tax rise of 1.25 percentage points shatters his solemn 2019 election vow not to raise national insurance.
Boris Johnson last night said the immense pressure placed on the NHS by the pandemic, coupled with the fragmented care system meant that he couldn’t dodge the tough decisions.
Cash will be poured into the NHS to enable it to run at 110 per cent of capacity to help it start clearing a waiting list that has risen to more than five million during the pandemic and is on track to hit 13 million by next year.
The NHS will also be ordered to undergo a major efficiency initiative. Ministers hope the money will clear the waiting list backlog by the time of the next election.
The proceeds of the tax increase of 1.25 percentage points will then be used to finance a new cap of £80,000 on the cost of social care, reducing the risk that people will have to sell their homes to pay for help.
Assets below £100,000 will be protected from the state, a huge increase on the current system in which people have to finance all their care costs if they have assets of more than just £23,350.
Here, someone tells of their torment of the home they lost that they would have been able to keep under the proposed new scheme.
Nancy Griffiths, 55, had lived in Kingston, southwest London for 33 years.
She and her daughter Tai, 13, became extremely close to their ageing neighbours David and Violet Edwards, always spending Christmas together.
David, who’d worked for British Aerospace for numerous years, sadly developed dementia in 2016 and died two years later aged 92.
Violet had hoped to spend her final years in her matrimonial home. However, because the pair had saved and lived frugally David’s care had been paid for privately at a cost of approximately £2,000 a week.
After David’s death, Violet, 93, became extremely frail and was moved into a care home at an eyewatering cost of £65,000 per year.
Within four years, £300,000 of their hard-earned savings of about £400,000 had disappeared.
Nancy, who had power of attorney, sadly, had no choice but to sell the Edward’s home to pay for Violet’s care.
It had originally been on the market for £620,000 but, under pressure to sell, she was forced to take a lower offer of £520,000.
Nancy said that David made everything in that house, from the conservatory to the fireplace, he even papered all the walls, and it broke her heart to sell it, and she added that she completely supported any changes to the law so that people didn’t have to sell their homes for social care because she thought it was wrong.
She said that she wasn’t Violet’s child so she wouldn’t be getting anything in the will, but said that she feels sad for people who are expected to rely on money from their parents after they’ve passed away.
And then there are those people that haven’t paid into the system and get everything for free, so what’s the point of working at all?
I mean, why would you want to go to work to pay everything out of your hard-earned money, then have to sell your home, when someone else is getting it for free, especially boat people, that come over to our country, get everything for free and don’t have to pay anything back, the system is wrong and unfair, and it’s always hard working people that get punished.
There appears to be no point now and perhaps the millions who can work but refuse to have the right idea because Britain is slowly turning socialist.
People should not have to sell their hard-earned homes to pay for their care and this should come under the NHS, for goodness sake, they paid enough into it and after all, it’s an illness that causes the situation.
I guess the argument is that why should taxpayers pay for their care when they have big houses that they intend on leaving to their children. Well, the point is, if you’ve worked arduously to get that home – the home that you probably brought your children up in, and that all your memories are in, why wouldn’t they want to leave it to their children.
It’s a nest egg for your children, or whoever you decide to leave it to, but the point is not that it’s being left to someone else, the point is that the home was bought and paid for by hard-working people, otherwise what’s the purpose of owning your own home, but that’s what the government are banking on because they don’t want you to own anything, they want to take all those pleasures away from you.
Social care should be provided by the government just like the NHS. What’s the problem? Oh, I forgot, we have no problem sending billions to other countries for aid, and sending rockets into space – silly me!