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The two leading letters (20 February) highlight the divisiveness of this government’s social policies – in this case its treatment of property owners compared with those in social rented housing.

It makes great efforts to reassure us that the “family home” need not be sold to fund residential care, while the aim of 
its “bedroom tax” is to force 
people to move to smaller, cheaper accommodation (or face cuts in what will already be a low income level).

But only the latter involves an occupied home. Elderly people do not move back from residential care into their houses, the retention of which is essentially about preserving inheritance of the value of assets against owners using that value to pay for their needs in life.

At a personal level, giving up your home is of course a difficult and sensitive issue, but why not equally so for those who rent their houses?

Brian Hutchison