Social care: Prime Minister’s Questions claims fact-checked

Social care: Prime Minister's Questions claims fact-checked

2021-11-24 23:49:38

By Actuality Verify workforce
BBC Information

Picture supply, UK Parliament/Jessica Taylor

At Prime Minister’s Questions, Boris Johnson confronted questions from Labour chief Sir Keir Starmer and accusations of “damaged guarantees”.

Their exchanges had been dominated by the difficulty of social care – and the way individuals can pay for it underneath the federal government’s new plan – however there have been additionally claims about high-speed rail, hospitals and employment.

We have had a have a look at a few of them.

Keir Starmer: ‘On the final election, the prime minister promised that no one must promote their houses to pay for care – that is one other damaged promise, is not it?’

The Conservative Get together’s 2019 manifesto stated: “No person needing care must be pressured to promote their residence to pay for it.”

Mr Johnson denied this promise had been damaged.

However his social-care plan for England doesn’t assure somebody’s residence won’t should be offered to pay for his or her care – solely that this doesn’t should occur of their lifetime.

He pointed to the “housing disregard” – if individuals obtain social care at residence, or are in a care residence and their partner resides of their residence, the worth of their residence shouldn’t be counted in direction of their belongings when understanding how a lot they need to pay in direction of their care.

Mr Johnson additionally identified these in a care residence and not using a partner residing of their residence may entry deferrals to paying care prices so they’d not should promote their residence right away.

On Monday, Enterprise Minister Paul Scully instructed Sky Information: “There can be fewer individuals promoting their homes – and, hopefully, none.”

Picture supply, UK Parliament/Jessica Taylor

Keir Starmer: ‘Any person with belongings of about £100,000 will lose virtually every thing – but any person with belongings of about £1m will preserve virtually every thing’

The federal government needs to introduce an £86,000 cap on personal-care prices – individuals must pay as much as this restrict however no extra, throughout their lifetime.

And Labour has been attacking this coverage as a result of £86,000 will clearly be the next proportion of a poorer individual’s belongings than a richer one’s – that may be the case for any cap on people’ spending.

Labour’s 2019 manifesto additionally proposed a lifetime cap, saying: “We are going to guarantee no-one ever once more must face catastrophic care prices of greater than £100,000 for the care they want in previous age.”

Boris Johnson: ‘There are actually extra individuals in work than there have been earlier than the pandemic’

The most recent figures estimate there have been 29,284,000 staff on payrolls within the UK in October, which is above pre-pandemic ranges, as was the determine for September.

However unemployment figures, utilizing a survey, estimate the general variety of individuals in employment from July to September was nonetheless about half 1,000,000 beneath pre-pandemic ranges.

Keir Starmer: ‘It is one other damaged promise, simply as he promised to not put up tax, simply as he promised 40 new hospitals, simply as he promised a rail revolution within the North’

The 2019 Conservative manifesto promised to not elevate the speed of Nationwide Insurance coverage.

And as we have identified earlier than, this pledge has been damaged – with NI rising by 1.25 share factors, in April 2022.

The manifesto additionally stated: “We are going to construct and fund 40 new hospitals over the subsequent 10 years.”

However the Division of Well being and Social Care has a broad definition of “new hospital”, which may imply:

  • a complete new hospital on a brand new website or present NHS land
  • a significant new scientific constructing on an present website
  • a brand new wing of an present hospital
  • a significant refurbishment and alteration

And many of the 40 tasks listed on the federal government’s web site contain constructing new wings or refurbishing present wings on the location of an present hospital.

Solely two contain constructing a completely new normal hospital, the Nuffield Belief says.

And each of those began earlier than the final election and are deliberate to exchange previous hospitals.

We have additionally seemed beforehand at whether or not the federal government broke its guarantees on high-speed rail.

Mr Johnson: ‘The precise honourable gentleman [Sir Keir] campaigned towards HS2’

HS2 will run to Euston station, in Sir Keir’s Holborn and St Pancras constituency.

And in 2015, in his election-victory speech, he stated we “want to ensure HS2 would not come into Euston in our constituency”.

Shortly after that, Sir Keir printed a tweet of he and his neighbouring MP Tulip Siddiq handing in a petition towards HS2 .

In March 2016, he voted towards the development of the hyperlink from London to Birmingham.

The next month, on his Fb web page, he stated: “Preventing HS2 continues to be a significant precedence.”

And in February 2017, in Parliament, he stated: “The development of HS2 could have a devastating influence on 1000’s of my constituents.”

After PMQs on Wednesday, a Labour official stated: “Keir’s place was Outdated Oak Widespread[, in west London,] ought to have been the terminal – however as soon as HS2 was agreed, he and the Labour manifesto backed it.”

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