Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

'Robbed' of His Family's Home; Daughter Hits out as Pensioner Who Saved All His Life Is Forced to Sell Up to Meet Care Costs

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

'Robbed' of His Family's Home; Daughter Hits out as Pensioner Who Saved All His Life Is Forced to Sell Up to Meet Care Costs

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Byline: By Audrey Barton

A PENSIONER who fought for his country and worked for more than 50 years is being forced to sell his home to pay for his care.

Robert Kidd faces parting with the family house of more than 40 years in Cochrane Park, Newcastle, as he cannot afford to pay the bills to go into care.

The 84-year-old must make the traumatic decision over his future as he recovers from major surgery in Walkergate Hospital, Newc astle.

Under the current system because the grandfather has worked all his life and has two pensions paired with owning his own home, the Government states he must pay for his own care.

His 53-year-old daughter Jane Major of Gosforth is angry her father will be "robbed" of the three-bedroom semi-detached house he hoped to leave to his family.

"It is outrageous that he will have to sell the house to pay for his care. It is the family home and it was always my father's plan that the house would be for us as he got older. Now he can't do that."

Under current means testing the Department of Health states anyone with over pounds 13,000 of assets must part fund their own care and over pounds 21,500 pay the full amount.

The system takes into account pensions, savings and capital which includes the individual's home if they live there alone.

Having worked his way up to running the investigation branch of the Post Office in a career spanning 50 years and having served in the RAF during the Second World War, Mr Kidd is paid two pensions which give him a total of pounds 1,400 each month.

The family home is worth in the region of pounds 150,000 so he must pay for his own care under the current means testing system.

His monthly income would fall short of covering the care home charges of around pounds 2,000 each month so he must sell his house to fund his care.

With Jane's late mother Enid, who died 10 years ago, her father saved and they became the first generation of the family to own their own house.

"Because he has done that he's not going to have an inheritance to pass on.

"He is in the same position as someone who has saved nothing in terms of what he will pass on. …

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