Rishi Sunak ‘refuses to allocate extra money for social care reform until Boris Johnson comes up with a full plan to solve all the problems of the system’
- Boris Johnson has come under fire after not including the solution to social welfare in Queen’s speech
- Rishi Sunak said he refused to sign extra money to pay for major reforms
- Chancellor reportedly wants PM to draw up a plan to fix all of the system’s problems
Rishi Sunak refuses to pay extra money to pay for social care reform until Boris Johnson gives him a plan to solve all of the system’s problems, it was claimed today.
The Chancellor has reportedly told the Prime Minister that he should make proposals to solve a wide variety of social care problems, while the Treasury is unwilling to pay for a partial solution.
The Prime Minister is in favor of introducing a ceiling on health care costs, allowing the Tories to fulfill a manifest promise that people will not have to sell their homes to pay for health care.
But Mr. Sunak is concerned that the cap on its own will not be enough to make the system sustainable, according to The Times.
Boris Johnson, pictured today in Downing Street, is under fire after failing to include a plan to solve the country’s social care crisis in the Queen’s speech
Chancellor Rishi Sunak has reportedly told the Prime Minister that he must make proposals to resolve a wide variety of social care issues before the Treasury releases funding.
A cap would not solve other thorny issues, such as ever-squeezing city budgets and employee payments, amid the fear of hiring workers.
The paper said providing care to everyone who needs it while improving standards and cutting costs could cost the government £ 10 billion a year.
The reported standoff between Mr Sunak and Mr Johnson comes after the Prime Minister caused a backlash yesterday after failing to include a social care plan in the Queen’s speech.
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 ‘.
But the Queen’s speech contained only nine words related to social care, as the monarch said: “Proposals for reform of social care will be presented.”
The lack of a plan was criticized by senior Tories, including Theresa May, who told Mr. Johnson that social care is a “problem we need to understand.”
Ms. May said to the House of Commons yesterday afternoon, ‘I know it’s not an easy matter, I’ve put in a plan, it was completely rejected – so I recognize the difficulty of coming up with anything here, but it’s an issue we have to grab.
“I think the pandemic has shown, and the social care issues that have emerged, the importance of this and of reforms that will really ensure a sustainable social care system in the future.
“It must also be a system that does not exacerbate intergenerational divisions.”