Social care leaders have been quick to respond to the decisive victory by the Conservatives in yesterday’s General Election.
The Tories have a Commons majority of 78, providing a decisive mandate for Boris Johnson’s agenda.
Nadra Ahmed OBE, executive chair of the National Care Association, said: “There is no excuse now for the government to bring forward their plans for stabilising social care through strategic investment to make it sustainable and fit for the future. The public have put their trust in Mr Johnson so he must repay them with action not words. Any delay in tackling the challenges will be a clear breach of intention.”
Vic Rayner, executive director of the National Care Forum, noted the lack of detail in the Tories’ manifesto on how they intended to “fix social care”.
She added: “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. The clock is ticking – and people who receive care, the workforce, providers and commissioners of care all need to be part of the future solution to get this right. Social care matters to us all. The Prime Minister must understand that in the future oven ready solutions can only come from carefully considering all the ingredients.”
Noting the Prime Minister’s pledge to seek a cross-party solution for social care, Steven Cameron, Pensions Director at Aegon, said the government should take recognition of the Labour Party’s commitment to introduce free personal care and cap contributions at £100,000. Mr Cameron said the government should also note the Liberal Democrats’ of a ring-fenced health and social care tax.
Dr Rhidian Hughes, VODG chief executive, echoed others in stressing that the sector would hold Mr Johnson to his pledge for an all-party consensus on social care.
He added: “High quality support services for disabled people can be transformative. Now is the time to find solutions that enable older and disabled people to have full choice and control over their lives. We stand ready to help policy makers achieve this vision.”
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