Social care: Coburn grills Alex Chalk on government plans

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Ms Coburn put the Conservative MP on the spot with a graphic breaking down the impact Government’s social care spending cap on different earners. The graphic set out how much a person would be left with under the new proposals. The BBC host hammered home the point that according to the breakdown people with fewer assets would be hammered hardest compared with those in a higher asset class. 

Ms Coburn told Mr Chalk: “This is a very, very clear graphic setting out what happens to those who are less well off or have fewer or less valuable assets than someone much better off.

“How much will I be left with under the Government’s new proposal.

“So if you look here, I will read it to you, starting assets of £100,000 let’s say around £100,000, you will be left with £20,000 if you have to pay up to £86,000 towards your care broadly speaking.

“Now that leaves you with hardly anything.”

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“Most people’s assets or many people’s assets are tied up in their home,” she added.

“How else will they pay for it other than having to sell their home?

“Starting asserts if you’ve got more, £270,000, well again you’re left with £184,000, a much bigger proportion of that £270,000.

“Starting assets of £500,000, again, you’re left with almost all of it £414,000 compared to losing practically everything if you have assets of around £100,000.

Labour savaged over 'soundbitey' social care demands

The BBC host continued: “Does the Prime Minister and do you need to be much clearer and more truthful when it comes to exactly what circumstances people may end up having to sell their most valuable asset to pay for their care?”

Mr Chalk replied: “Everyone is better off under this system.”

On Tuesday it was the turn of Shadow Social Care Minister to be grilled on social care after LBC presenter Iain Dale questioned the Labour Party’s alternative to the Government’s reforms.

After Ms Kendall offered up a list of vague demands including a “big reform of services,” Mr Dale put the Labour MP on the spot dismissing the answer as too “soundbitey”.

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Ms Kendall said: “Well, real reform of social care would deal with the staff shortages.

“It would give support to families who were at breaking point trying to look after their loved ones.

“We would have a big reform of services that actually helps people.”

The host interrupted: “But what does that all mean? Because it sounds too soundbitey.

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