Letters: Tory care proposals will hurt those who wish to help the next generation

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Something for the children: Memory of Grandfather, an oil painting by Giovanni Pezzotta Credit: De Agostini/Getty Images

SIR – The vast majority of middle-class families in Britain go through life paying for everyone else. The middle classes are largely self-reliant, at least until the end of their lives, when they might perhaps need some help.

Margaret Thatcher had a vision of Britain as a property-owning democracy. But by proposing to include the value of people’s homes in calculations for how the elderly pay for social care (Letters, May 19), the Tories will take away most middle-class families’ main aim in life: to leave something for their children.

Martin Armstrong
Tunbridge Wells, Kent

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SIR – There seems to be a feeling in the Conservative Party that pensioners have had an easy ride.

This ignores the damage that low interest rates have inflicted on savings in the last few years. Savings have been worth less year on year, and many pensioners are at an age where returning to work is not an option.



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