PM urged to make 2020 the year to end social care crisis


Campaigners have called on Prime Minister Boris Johnson to end the social crisis in the new year.

The North Yorkshire based Independent Care Group (ICG) said the PM had a once in a lifetime opportunity to tackle the social care crisis.

The group’s chair, Mike Padgham said: “We need a 2020 vision. We are at the start of an exciting new decade, with a new government in place which, with a clear majority, should be in a position to get on and tackle the issues it has promised to tackle before – including social care. It is a real opportunity to make a difference to a lot of people’s lives.

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“Boris Johnson promised to sort out social care when he first took office and repeated that pledge ahead of the General Election. Now he has that opportunity to be bold over social care, give it a real shake-up and produce something we can all be proud of for generations to come. He could make a name for himself as the Prime Minister who finally solved the social care crisis and ‘Boris’s Care Bill’ could go down in history.”

Social care leaders have been critical of the new government for its lack of specific policies on how it intends to tackle the sector’s crisis, giving an underwhelming response to policies outlined in the Queen’s Speech.

Mike invited Mr Johnson to visit Yorkshire to see the social care crisis on the frontline, adding: “Boris Johnson thanked electors – particularly those in so-called northern Labour heartlands – for ‘lending’ him their votes. They will want to see him repay that loan and not just by delivering Brexit but by improving other things too, including care.

“If he wants to start in Yorkshire I will be more than happy to welcome him here to show him the full extent of the crisis on the frontline of social care and give him some pointers on how to solve it.”

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