Already got a kicking! Dawn Neesom erupts at demands for OAPs to pay national insurance

Social care funding debate discussed on Jeremy Vine

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Broadcaster Dawn Neesom has stressed that pensioners should not have to pay more national insurance tax or sell their homes for social health care because they have “worked hard all their lives”. The outburst came as Boris Johnson announced a 1.25 percent hike in national insurance contributions, meaning millions across the country will have to fork out extra money from next year.

Speaking on Jeremy Vine on Five programme, Ms Neesom said: “They have worked hard all their lives.

“Many of these people have paid over 50 years of national insurance on their earnings, you know.

“And many of the cases that generation have lived in these homes for their entire lives.

“They’ve loved them they’ve grown up in them, raised families there.

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“And to take that away at the end of their life, because we have messed up social care in this country.”

Jeremy Vine interjected: “Who else pays for the person’s care other than the person themselves?”

Ms Neesom answered: “In Northern Ireland, social health care for pensioners in care homes is paid for.

“The whole thing is a mess.

“Back in 2019, Boris did say that he had a clear vision on what he was going to do with social care for older people and care homes.”

She added: “What happened?”

Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Tuesday confirmed there will be an increase in National Insurance rates in order to fund social care in the UK.

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The tax hike will break a Tory pledge made before the 2019 election, which was not to “raise the rates of income tax, National Insurance or VAT”.

But in his announcement, Mr Johnson said he is ready to break the pledge to put an end to the crisis facing social care in the country.

The Prime Minister said the additional revenue would pay for the biggest catch-up programme in the history of the NHS in England, with £12 billion a year to help deal with the backlog of cases built up during the pandemic.

It will also cover the reform of the social care system in England, ending what Downing Street described as “unpredictable and catastrophic” care costs faced by many families.

From October 2023, anyone with assets under £20,000 have their care costs fully covered by the state, while those with between £20,000 and £100,000 will be expected to contribute to their costs but will also receive state support.

No one will have to pay more than £86,000 for care costs in their lifetime.

 

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