Seething re­sent­ment of home­own­ers forced to sell up to pay for care

The Daily Telegraph - - Letters to the editor -

SIR – Jackie Doyle-price, the so­cial care min­is­ter (“Homes aren’t an as­set to give to your chil­dren, says min­is­ter,” re­port, Oc­to­ber 12), just does not get the seething re­sent­ment of those who have prob­a­bly paid high taxes all their lives (which funded oth­ers’ wel­fare and in­dex-linked public-sec­tor pen­sions) and are now ex­pected to pay for their own care at the end of their lives.

The log­i­cal in­fer­ence from the po­si­tion adopted by Ms Doyle-price is for us to sell up at the age of 55, rent some­where, give our cash to the kids and spend the rest as if there were no to­mor­row. Then there would be a level play­ing field be­tween those who con­trib­uted the most and those who have con­trib­uted the least.

I de­spair at the lack of Conservatism in this Gov­ern­ment. Where is the re­ward for work­ing hard, do­ing the right thing and try­ing to give one’s chil­dren and grand­chil­dren a help­ing hand by pass­ing on some of the as­sets left at the end of one’s life? James Kent

Crake­hall, North York­shire

SIR – Sce­nario: I do not own a home, hav­ing rented for many years. How­ever, I have ac­cu­mu­lated sub­stan­tial as­sets in cash, shares and works of art.

Would any­one sug­gest that all these as­sets have to be re­tained for the ben­e­fit of my chil­dren, leav­ing it for the state to pick up the bill for my res­i­den­tial care?

Why, there­fore, is a home any dif­fer­ent? P H Brady

Radlett, Hert­ford­shire

SIR – What’s new? When de­men­tia struck in 1989, my mother had to sell her flat to fund her care. She died in 1995 and there was not much left. David Mil­ford

Shaugh Prior, Devon SIR – The Prime Min­is­ter prom­ises bil­lions of pounds for more so­cial hous­ing. Won­der­ful for those lucky enough to qual­ify, but my con­cern is for those young cou­ples who are not poor enough for coun­cil hous­ing but not wealthy enough to af­ford the as­tro­nom­i­cal prices now asked for even mod­est homes in some parts of the coun­try.

They are trapped in the high rental bracket and, for them, there seems to be no way out or up. These are the “just about man­ag­ings” about whom the then new PM ex­pressed so much con­cern, but who now seem to be slip­ping out of her mem­ory.

No won­der the Con­ser­va­tives have lost the younger gen­er­a­tion. They have vir­tu­ally told them that noth­ing can be done to help them. Myra Spal­ton

Mac­cles­field, Cheshire SIR – As we watched Far from the Madding Crowd on tele­vi­sion re­cently, it oc­curred to me that we had bet­ter record the se­ries, as its set­ting, the Black­more Vale, an Area of Out­stand­ing Nat­u­ral Beauty in Dorset, is about to be van­dalised by devel­op­ments of sev­eral hun­dred houses.

These are be­ing foisted upon what Thomas Hardy called the “Vale of Lit­tle Dairies” by a com­pany with no lo­cal in­ter­est and ap­par­ently few cares in the world ex­cept mak­ing money for their in­vestors.

I live in Hardy’s Sta­ple­ford, not far from his Caster­bridge. I look out on the Vale and won­der that our po­lit­i­cal mas­ters can even be­gin to think of al­low­ing, even en­cour­ag­ing, such van­dal­ism. Tim Ot­ter

Stal­bridge, Dorset

Where to put the houses: not in Hardy’s beloved Black­more Vale, say its ad­mir­ers

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