In an interview with the BBC this morning, the PM stated that he would be bringing forward a plan for social care later this year but it would take the lifetime of the parliament to implement any action. It would appear that the ‘clear plan’ to ‘fix the crisis in social care’ spoken about on the steps of Downing Street in July 2019 has not yet materialised.
Vic Rayner, Executive Director of the National Care Forum said: –
“There is a consensus that our current social care system is in urgent need of reform. It is imperative that the government moves forward on this agenda. The time to act is now. Social care matters to us all.”
“On the campaign trail the government stated that it would hold cross-party talks on social care within the first 100 days of holding office. There are now 68 days remaining and no signs of this cross-party approach. The clock is ticking – and the people who receive care, the workforce, providers and commissioners all need to be part of the solution.”
Vic also commented on the opportunities ahead;
“We are calling on the Conservatives to make a step change in their approach by becoming the Government of Social Care: a government that recognises the importance of social care in allowing people to live full, healthy and independent lives; the need for an immediate 3-5 year funding settlement as part of a long-term funding solution and a long-term vision for social care shaped by those who use it now, and in the future.”
You can read more about NCF’s policy agenda for the new government here.
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