The Prime Minister has implied that his white paper for fixing the social care crisis will be delayed until next year.
Last month, Boris Johnson claimed he had a ‘clear plan’ to fix the crisis in social care ‘once and for all’.
But, when asked during the G7 summit in Biarritz if he would reveal proposals by the end of this year, he refused to commit.
The Financial Times reported in late-July 2019 that the Green Paper had been “ditched” and instead a White Paper would be published in the autumn of 2019.
But speaking at the summit on Sunday, Johnson only said plans would be unveiled “in due course”.
Johnson also repeated his call for a cross-party agreement to overhaul the social care system.
“In an ideal world we would bring parties together across the political divide and get a consensus on it, because it is so difficult,” he said.
“We will be advancing plans in due course that satisfy two criteria – nobody should be forced to sell their home and everybody should have dignity and security in old age.”
During his election campaign, the Prime Minister said: “We need to get everybody together to find a solution to this because it is a crisis in our country,” he said.
But according to William Laing, the founder and data director of LaingBuisson, building a cross-party consensus on how to overhaul the social care system is highly unlikely.
“I’d be very pleased if they did but I frankly do not think they will,” said in an interview with BBC Radio 4 last month.
“The history of the last 20 years is that there is no consensus building on this topic at all, it continues to divide and each party takes its own view. I wish it were different but it’s not.”