Kirstie Allsopp lashes out at working-class families who leave the care of their elderly relatives to the state while they prepare to inherit their money
Kirstie Allsopp has lashed out at how working families are leaving the care of elderly relatives to the state as they prepare to inherit their money.
The outspoken host of Location, Location, Location said the “extraordinary failure” to “provide adequate care for our elderly” is what has emerged “most clearly” from the pandemic.
Ms Allsopp, pictured, said when “both halves” of a couple work, “there is less time for the old and the young”.
The 50-year-old, who has two sons with her property development partner and is a stepmother to his two children, responded to a pediatrician’s tweet about the ambulance crisis caused by the welfare backlog.
Kirstie Allsopp (pictured at the Chelsea Flower Show) said the “extraordinary failure” to “take proper care of our elderly” is what has emerged “most clearly” from the pandemic
Miss Allsopp said: “The fact is Theresa May was right but she almost lost an election for saying that.
“If we both want to work, someone has to be paid, well paid, to take care of our parents.
“We cannot inherit money and leave the care of our parents to the state at the same time.”
She wrote on Twitter that older people were “stuck in the hospital” where they weren’t healing and in many cases were “falling off faster” and feeling “lonely, confused and in the way.”
The real estate show host has previously sparked controversy over her views on young people making their way up the housing ladder.
This year, she seemed to suggest that young people could afford to buy a home if they cut things like Netflix subscriptions, coffee and gym memberships.
The outspoken Location, Location, Location host (right) said: “We can’t inherit money and leave the care of our parents to the state at the same time” – she’s pictured here alongside Phil Spencer
Ms Allsopp acknowledged it would require “enormous sacrifices” but her comments nonetheless drew criticism from many people.
She responded to the argument by saying: “You either think I’m a no-contact rich b***h who doesn’t understand how hard it is to buy a house in many parts of the UK, or you do Not. ‘
The TV star added that “it matters whether or not you believe in my empathy, understanding and experience”.
She has previously shared other quirky stories from her life on Twitter, including accidentally eating one of her AirPods while taking her vitamins.
In 2018, she drew widespread criticism when she said she smashed her kids’ iPads for breaking Screen Time rules.