Some 19 Tory MPs joined Labour to vote against the amendment – which bars means-tested contributions made by local authorities on behalf of some pensioners counting towards the £86,000 cap – while dozens of others, including former PM Theresa May and ex-health secretary Jeremy Hunt, abstained.
The measure now faces further opposition as it moves to the House of Lords, where Baroness Finlay has said peers will “scrutinise” the government’s reforms “very, very carefully”. She told BBC Radio 4’s Today programme this morning: “It may be that we will say to the Commons, ‘can you think again?’ … because, clearly, there’s a lot of disquiet”.
Changes to the Health and Care Bill announced just days ago will save the government £900m a year by making a proposed cap on lifetime social care costs significantly less generous for poorer pensioners, while allowing wealthy home-owners to pass the majority of their assets on to their children.
Lords to scrutinise social care costs ‘very carefully,’ warns cross-bench peer
Baroness Finlay of Llandaff has said the House of Lords will “scrutinise” the government’s social care reform “very, very carefully”.
The professor of palliative medicine, and a cross-bench peer, told BBC Radio 4’s Today programme: “I think when this comes to the House of Lords, we will need to scrutinise this very, very carefully.
“We will do what the Lords does well, which is go over every line, discuss everything in this and we will want to see the assessment, too, of the overall funding.
“So, I don’t think there will be any quick response one way or another, but I think we will spend quite a bit of time scrutinising.
“The impact assessment will be very important and we will need to know the detail because we will need to scrutinise it.”
“It may be that we will say to the Commons, ‘can you think again?’, it may be that we come up with constructive amendments to improve what is on the table at the moment because, clearly, there’s a lot of disquiet.”
PM sees majority slashed in Commons vote on social care costs
Boris Johnson saw his House of Commons majority slashed in a key vote on social care, as 19 Tory MPs joined Labour to vote against the controversial cost cap while dozens of others stayed away.
Labour and some Tory MPs accused the PM of going back on his promise that no-one would be forced to sell their home to pay for care, after it became clear that means-tested contributions made by local authorities on behalf of some pensioners will not count towards the £86,000 cap.
Labour health spokesman Justin Madders told the Commons the scheme was “Robin Hood in reverse”, taking from the poor to give to the rich. He added the change was “not fairness” and “not fixing social care” – but “betrayal”.
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