LETTER : Care rules for the old favour spendthrifts

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Sir: No congratulations for your leading article of 11 March. Its comments are directed at a relatively well-off class of home-owners. Many home-owners are relatively poor, having struggled for years not for an investment but to keep a roof over their heads and their children, and to create not a "nest egg" but a beloved nest. The culminating tragedy for them is being forced out of their homes by the absence of adequate, affordable home-care which would allow them to remain in them.

Throughout the piece the word "house" is used almost exclusively in the brutal sense of an asset. A house can indeed be bought and sold, but a home can only be created with love and care, and it is the loss of this which is the real injustice and the cause of so much pain and unhappiness.