The Conservatives botched social care plan hits homeowners in Harrow more than twice as hard as some of the richest parts of the country

~ Conservatives are squeezing Harrow.

As the scale of the hit working people face thanks to the government’s botched social care plan continues to emerge, new analysis reveals the extent to which the plan hammers ordinary families while leaving the assets of the wealthiest relatively untouched.

In the richest part of the country the proposed cap on care costs means homeowners in some of the richest parts of the country face losing just 6.5% of their assets. Yet in Harrow, the average homeowner would lose a staggering over 17% forcing many to sell their homes and more to pay for care.

This comes despite a guarantee in the Conservatives’ 2019 manifesto “that no one needing care has to sell their home to pay for it”. Another broken promise.

This follows analysis by the Resolution Foundation, who found that “the cap, which does not benefit households with less than £100,000 in capital, will be of relatively more help in the more affluent areas…it will offer most protection to those living in high wealth parts of England. This is not just because of the obvious reason that a cap set in cash terms offers far more protection to those with higher-value assets to lose.”

Labour’s Deputy Leader Of Harrow Council Natasha Proctor said,

“Local people will be hit twice as hard as the richest parts of the country by these plans. This is further proof that this government cares more about people in Kensington and Chelsea protecting their rich friends than they do about people in Harrow”

“We were promised a proper plan to fix social care, and protection for our homes. Instead we’ve got a slap in the face and a giant tax bill to boot – and what’s more Ministers admit these plans won’t even fix the creaking system the Conservatives have neglected for more than a decade.”

Jonathan Ashworth MP, Labour’s Shadow Health Secretary, said:

“Tory MPs are imposing on their hard working constituents an unfair punishing tax rise which does not even fix social care, won’t prevent people selling their houses and risks care homes going bust.

“Social care is in desperate need, but the Prime Minister – along with every Conservative MP – was elected on a manifesto that promised to fix the system on a plan that had been developed and would mean no one would have to sell their home. On both, he broke his promise.”

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