Council leaders urge Prime Minister to take action on social care in Queen’s speech


Council leaders are urging Boris Johnson to act at tomorrow’s Queen’s Speech to fulfill the promise to “ restore social concern, ” as they warn that further delay will be a “ bitter blow. ”

  • Boris Johnson will outline plans for new laws at the Queen’s Speech tomorrow
  • Council bosses have urged the prime minister to include a long-announced social care plan
  • They said further delay in the reform would be a “bitter blow” to staff and residents

Council leaders have urged Boris Johnson to finally deliver on his promise to “ resolve ” the country’s social welfare crisis at tomorrow’s Queen’s Speech.

The Local Government Association, which represents authorities in England and Wales, said the Queen’s speech and the spending review later this year are “major opportunities” for the Prime Minister to deliver on his promise.

The LGA warned that the failure of today’s action for the long-promised social care reform would be a “bitter blow” to health workers and the millions they help.

Mr Johnson said in his first speech as Prime Minister on July 24, 2019 that “ we will resolve the social care crisis once and for all with a clear plan that we have prepared to give every elder the dignity and security they deserve ‘.

However, the government has not yet put forward a plan, with Mr. Johnson under fire for failing to deliver on his promise.

Boris Johnson has been urged by municipal bosses to fulfill his promise to ‘fix’ the nation’s social care system

Mr Johnson said in his first speech as Prime Minister on July 24, 2019 that 'we will resolve the social care crisis once and for all', but that he should not publish any plans yet.  Stock image

Mr Johnson said in his first speech as Prime Minister on July 24, 2019 that ‘we will resolve the social care crisis once and for all’, but that he should not publish any plans yet. Stock image

Healthcare groups, charities and politicians have long argued for a major overhaul of the industry out of concern that the current system is unsustainable.

Health Minister Nadine Dorries said this morning that social concern would be mentioned in the Queen’s speech as the government outlines its legislative plans for the coming year, but was unable to provide further details.

When asked about the matter last week, the prime minister could not guarantee that the proposals will be fleshed out in the speech, but said plans would be put forward in the “ coming months. ”

The LGA has sent a letter to Chancellor Rishi Sunak and the ministers of health, care and housing stating that one-off subsidies and the social care tax bill are just “ patch solutions ” and a long-term remedy. is necessary.

The LGA is calling for three things to ensure that the prime minister ‘lives up to’ his promise.

These are investments to provide a preventive approach that can support people in their own homes; End ‘patch solutions’ and a long-term financing solution that could include increases in national taxes and / or a social care premium.

The LGA questioned 102 MPs and 94 colleagues between November and February and found that 83 percent are in favor of more funding for the council’s social care budgets.

Alderman James Jamieson, chairman of the LGA, said: “ The decisions about funding and reforming social care in the coming weeks will potentially affect both the millions of people who now call on or work in care and support, as the many millions who will. in the coming decades.

“Our latest poll of MPs shows the widespread support across Parliament for additional funding for councils’ social care budgets.

All of us in the local government, across the political divide, want to see the Queen’s speech finally set out the plans we have been waiting for, and that we take the Prime Minister’s pledge to “restore social welfare” once and for all. always deliver.

‘This is about investing in people, in all of us. Failure to act will be a hard blow to anyone affiliated with social care. ‘

A spokesperson for the Ministry of Health and Social Care said: ‘Improving social care for adults remains a priority for this government and we will be making proposals later this year to ensure that everyone is treated with dignity and respect.

“During the pandemic, we provided nearly £ 1.8 billion in specific funding for adult social care, including infection prevention and control measures.

“We also provided free personal protective equipment and additional testing and prioritized health and healthcare providers for the vaccine.”