Welfare: The claims of the Prime Minister’s questions were verified

By the Reality Check team
BBC news

Image source, Parliament of the United Kingdom / Jessica Taylor

In the prime minister’s questions, Boris Johnson faced questions from Labor leader Sir Keir Starmer and accusations of “broken promises.”

Their exchanges were dominated by the issue of welfare, and how people will pay for it under the new government plan, but there were also complaints about the high-speed train, hospitals and jobs.

We have taken a look at some of them.

Keir Starmer: “In the last election, the prime minister promised that no one would have to sell their houses to pay for care – that’s another broken promise, right?”

The Conservative Party Manifesto 2019 He said, “No one in need of care should be forced to sell their home to pay for it.”

Johnson denied that this promise was broken.

But your social care plan for England doesn’t guarantee that someone’s home doesn’t have to be sold to pay for their care, just that this doesn’t have to happen during their lifetime.

He noted “disregard for housing”: If people receive social care at home, or are in a nursing home and their spouse lives at home, the value of their home is not counted towards their assets when calculating how much they should pay. for your care.

Johnson also noted that those in a nursing home without a living spouse could access deferrals to pay for care costs so they don’t have to sell their home right away.

On Monday, Business Minister Paul Scully told Sky News: “There will be fewer people selling their homes and hopefully none.”

Image source, Parliament of the United Kingdom / Jessica Taylor

Keir Starmer: ‘Someone with assets of around £ 100,000 will lose almost everything, but someone with assets of around £ 1 million will keep almost everything’

The government wants to introduce a limit of £ 86,000 on personal care costs; people will have to pay up to this limit, but not more, during their lifetime.

And Labor has been attacking this policy because £ 86,000 will clearly be a higher proportion of the assets of a poorer person than a richer one.

The 2019 Labor manifesto proposed a higher lifetime limit, saying: “We will ensure that no one ever again has to face catastrophic care costs of more than £ 100,000 for the care they need in old age.”

Boris Johnson: ‘There are more people working now than before the pandemic’

The latest figures There were an estimated 29,284,000 employees on payroll in the UK in October, which is above pre-pandemic levels, as is the September figure.

But unemployment figuresUsing a survey, he estimates that the total number of people in employment from July to September was still about half a million below pre-pandemic levels.

Keir Starmer: ‘It’s another broken promise, just as you promised not to raise taxes, just as you promised 40 new hospitals, just as a rail revolution in the North promised’

The 2019 conservative manifesto promised not to raise the National Insurance rate.

And, as we’ve noted before, this promise has been broken, with the NI increasing by 1.25 percentage points, in April 2022.

The manifesto also said: “We will build and finance 40 new hospitals over the next 10 years.”

But the Department of Health and Welfare has a broad definition of “new hospital,” which can mean:

  • a brand new hospital on a new site or current NHS terrain
  • a major new clinical building on an existing site
  • a new wing of an existing hospital
  • major remodeling and alteration

And most of the 40 projects listed on the government website involve the construction of new wings or the restoration of existing wings on the site of an existing hospital.

Only two involve the construction of an entirely new general hospital, says the Nuffield Trust.

And both started before the last election and are expected to replace the old hospitals.

We also previously analyzed whether the government broke its promises on high-speed rail.

Mr. Johnson: ‘The Right Honorable Gentleman [Sir Keir] campaigned against HS2 ‘

HS2 will arrive at Euston Station, in the Sir Keir’s Holborn and St Pancras constituency.

And in 2015, in his election victory speech, he said “We need to make sure HS2 does not enter Euston in our constituency.”

Shortly after that, Sir Keir posted a tweet of himself and fellow MP Tulip Siddiq delivering a petition against HS2.

In March 2016, he voted against building the London-Birmingham link.

The next month, on your facebook pagesaid: “The fight against HS2 remains a major priority.”

And in February 2017, in Parliament, he said: “The construction of HS2 will have a devastating impact on thousands of my constituents.”

After PMQ on Wednesday, a Labor official said: “Keir’s post was Old Oak Common[, in west London,] It should have been the terminal, but once HS2 was agreed, he and the Labor manifesto backed it. “

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