Newspaper review: The plight of families selling homes to pay for care


Several newspapers raise the plight of families selling homes to cover residential care costs.

The Daily Telegraph reports that research commissioned by insurance firm NFU Mutual has found that in five years, more than one million families have been "forced" into making the choice.

Previous estimates, the Daily Mail says, were much lower, at between 40,000 and 70,000 people a year.

Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt tells the Telegraph that he is concerned by the latest figures but that the government plan to cap care costs will make a difference.

But the Daily Express says the research shows how far ministers are from achieving their objective of sharing care costs more evenly between families and the state.

Syria diplomacy

The Guardian and the Independent look ahead towards the G20 summit of world leaders in Russia, which starts on Thursday.

The Independent says that although Washington is on the brink of military strikes against Syria, international support for action is no less important than it was.

The Guardian, in its editorial, calls for the refugee crisis spilling out of Syria to be placed at the top of the G20's agenda.

The paper wants every country to pledge "as much as it takes" to meet the overwhelming humanitarian need.

Gibraltar diplomacy

Europe minister David Lidington tells the Financial Times that there is a "clear risk" the row between the UK and Spain about Gibraltar will cloud"the relationship between the two countries.

This would be a tragedy, although it is important that no one misunderstands the UK's commitment to Gibraltarians, he adds.

The FT says Mr Lidington is the first minister to admit publicly concerns in the government about the long-term consequences of the dispute.

Cancer drug

The Times, on its front page, reports that a study published in the British Journal of Cancer suggests that hundreds of women are dying needlessly every year, because "unbearable" side effects forces them to stop taking the most common breast cancer drug, tamoxifen.

These include hot flushes, sweating, tiredness and weight gain.

The paper says the NHS is being urged to help patients cope with the treatment.

Adrienne Morgan, who has had to take tamoxifen, tells the paper that the drug is "a nightmare", with hot flushes occurring every 45 minutes.

She urges women like her not to "suffer in silence".

Holden back

According to the Daily Telegraph, one of the 20th century's best known literary protagonists is poised to make a comeback.

JD Salinger's Holden Caulfield from The Catcher in the Rye is expected to appear in a short story sequel called The Last and Best of the Peter Pans, written in 1962.

The paper says the disclosure has been made by two sources in an exhaustive documentary on Salinger.

The Daily Mail reports that the sequel and four other works will be published between 2015 and 2020.


Several papers carry a story about a British soldier who was held prisoner by the Germans during the First World War.

Robert Campbell was captured in 1914 and a few years later he wrote to the Kaiser asking him if he could visit his dying mother in Kent.

Wilhelm the Second agreed to two weeks' compassionate leave as long as Captain Campbell returned to prison in Germany - which he did.

The tale was uncovered by the historian Richard van Emden who tells the Daily Mirror that he is amazed the British Army let him go back.

The Times says Captain Campbell showed an extraordinary adherence to a bygone code of honour.

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