Social care: Coburn grills Alex Chalk on government plans

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The Red Wall constituencies of Workington, Barrow and Furness, Don Valley, Redcar and Bishop Auckland are among the hardest hit, all of which voted Tory for the first time in decades in 2019. New research from the Labour Party indicates those in the north and midlands will bear the brunt of the increased costs, in what could be seen as a betrayal of those who backed Mr Johnson over his promise to “Get Brexit Done” two years ago. 

Plans to make changes to the way the cap on care costs is calculated were narrowly voted through the Commons on Monday night.

The Prime Minister saw his majority slashed to just 26 after a seizable Tory rebellion over his new policy.

Under the changes, means-tested council support payments will be excluded from a new £86,000 lifetime limit on costs.

Critics have warned the policy will hit the poorest hardest.

Those with a house price worth under £186,000 will be hit with higher costs, while those with homes worth over £186,000 will be unaffected.

It means voters with assets, including their home, worth £1million would lose 10 percent of their wealth.

Those with assets worth £100,000 would lose 80 percent of their wealth to cover the costs of care.

While Britons will not be forced to sell their homes to cover the costs while they still live in them, the value of the property could be used to off-set the cost once they pass away.

The Labour Party’s analysis highlights constituencies in the north of England and the midlands would be the areas most impacted by the changes.

With house prices lower than in London and the south, the change would have a far greater impact on voters in Red Wall seats.

The north west of England, where 46 constituencies have an average house price of under £186,000, will be most severely impacted by the change in policy.

Yorkshire and The Humber is the second-worst impacted region, with 36 seats likely to see voters forced to pay higher costs.

The north east is the third most impacted area, with 25 MPs seeing their constituents forced to pay more under the policy change.

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Meanwhile, no seats in London or the south east will see the average constituent forced to pay more.

Just two seats in the south west will be affected.

The Prime Minister’s historic election win in 2019 was secured partially thanks to a number of voters in the north and midlands voting Conservative for the first time.

Mr Johnson said constituencies which elected a Conservative MP for the first time in generations had “lent their vote” to the party.

“We cannot, must not, must not let them down,” he said following his election win.

Labour has branded the changes to the social care plan a “working-class dementia tax”.

Defending the policy in the Commons on Wednesday, Mr Johnson said: “This does more for working people up and down the country than Labour ever did because we’re actually solving the problem that they failed to address.

“We’re disregarding your housing asset altogether while you’re in it.”

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