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Social Care: Another Promise broken

March 7, 2020 5:47 PM

In South Suffolk we have a higher proportion of retirees than is the average. Fixing the broken social care system is therefore a key priority for us locally

You may recall that Mr Johnson when he became Prime Minister said he had a plan to finally fix the issues around funding and provision in a system facing increasing strain as the population increasingly ages

The only problem is once again a Boris " promise" has been shown to be untrue. There is no plan!!

The Independent is reporting (https://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/politics/boris-johnson-social-care-crisis-mps-plan-matt-hancock-a9383171.html ) that Matt Hancock has written today to MPs and Peers asking for their ideas on how to address the issue and the funding gap which Council leaders estimates will be over £6bn by 2025

The chances of getting consensus are low but it is the absence of any proposals from the Government on which people can comment which really strikes home. After Mrs May shot herself in the foot with her proposed " dementia tax" in the 2017 this has been a political hot potato but you would have thought a Government with a big majority would want to push ahead with the PMs plan. The fact it doesn't exist and there is a desire to share around blame for what will be a controversial decision speaks volumes for the way the Government is ducking the issue. With the older part of the population being much more likely to vote Conservative the desire not to upset them is understandable

Caroline Abrahams, charity director at Age UK, said: "Unfortunately, this announcement, issued on a Friday afternoon, will not fill anyone who cares about the future of social care with much confidence. It is always good for ministers to seek alternative views, but it is very disappointing that they appear not to be offering any of their own at this stage.
"A cross-party process would surely have a greater chance of success if ministers were setting out some kind of basis for discussion, rather than leaving it to everyone to pitch in from their own starting point.

"The Prime Minister has pledged to fix social care and, blessed as he is with a very substantial majority, he has a better opportunity to fulfil that promise than any of his recent predecessors. For the sake of the millions of older and disabled people, and their families and carers, who depend on there being a reliable and effective care service in place, he must follow through