In Boris Johnson’s first Queen’s Speech as Prime Minister, the Queen outlined plans to reform adult social care.
Her Majesty set out proposed pieces of legislation that the Government is due to implement.
Top domestic headlines, according to Sky News, to take away from the speech were the government’s plans to “support and strengthen the NHS”, “proposals to reform adult social care in England”, and new sentencing laws so “the most serious offenders spend longer in custody to reflect better the severity of their crimes.”
This commitment to social care reform has been welcomed by many industry professionals.
Steven Cameron, pensions director at Aegon, thinks the plans pave a way to addressing problems in the sector, but hopes the Government is as committed to solving those issues long term.
In a statement reflecting on the plans yesterday, he said: “It’s very welcome that the Queen’s Speech included a commitment to reform adult social care in England. This paves the way to addressing the current and growing crisis in social care provision and how it is funded. This issue affects millions of individuals, looking to find and fund appropriate care either for themselves or a family member, to provide dignity in old age.”
Adding: “All major parties have agreed there is a pressing need to tackle the growing problem of putting social care and its funding on a stable and sustainable basis so we hope this part of the Queen’s Speech will gain cross-party support.
“We hope to now see a long term commitment to provide adequate central Government funding to remove the current postcode lottery. And to avoid individuals using up all their hard earned savings on care, we also need a cap on the overall amount anyone will have to pay themselves, allowing people to plan ahead and protect inheritance aspirations,” he concluded.