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Is it fair that 175 West Midlands people were forced to sell their homes to pay for social care?

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19.09.2021

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There’s one thing you can’t take away from Boris Johnson. He’s come up with some sort of plan for explaining how the nation should pay for social care.

It may be a good plan or a bad one, but he's still done more than Prime Ministers who came before him - or the Labour opposition. Labour currently says it opposes the Government's plan to increase National Insurance by 1.25%, raising £36 billion over three years, but it can't tell us what it would do instead. Instead, it says it is working on an alternative which would raise money in a fairer manner - by making "those who can afford it" pay more - but we must wait to learn what that means in practice.

There's widespread agreement that the current system has to change. People who require long term social care can face huge bills, and at the moment anyone with assets of £23,250 or more has to pay the entire cost themselves.

Read more: Thousands in the West Midlands hit by National Insurance cut

If you are a homeowner and are cared for in a residential setting (ie, in a care home, as opposed to staying in your own home) then the value of your property is included as an asset. So you face massive charges, even if you don’t have much money in the bank. The only solution, for many people, is to sell their home.

In the area covered by the West Midlands Combined Authority, including Birmingham, Sandwell, Walsall, Dudley, Coventry, Solihull and Wolverhampton, we know........

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