More than two years after pledging to “fix social care”, PM Boris Johnson will today unveil plans to reform the sector.
After presenting his plans to Cabinet this morning, the PM will make a statement to the Commons before holding a press conference with Chancellor Rishi Sunak and Health and Social Care Secretary Sajid Javid this afternoon.
The plans, which are to be revealed with NHS support measures, were expected to include a 1.25% rise in national insurance. But reports this morning suggest that pensioners in work will pay a health and social care levy.
Downing Street said in a statement the PM had pledged to fix the “catastrophic and often unpredictable” costs faced by people, with one in seven people paying £100,000 or more for their care.
But critics are expected to say that reform should not be focused solely on avoiding sale of houses to pay for care homes, though this is important for some.
The Institute for Public Policy Research recently suggested that the risk of people having to sell their home to pay for care will be significantly reduced by providing more care in people’s homes.
Prime Minister, Boris Johnson said: “We must act now to ensure the health and care system has the long term funding it needs to continue fighting COVID and start tackling the backlogs, and end the injustice of catastrophic costs for social care.
“My government will not duck the tough decisions needed to get NHS patients the treatment they need and to fix our broken social care system.”