Building a cross-party consensus on how to overhaul the social care system, as outlined by the next Prime Minister Boris Johnson, is highly unlikely, the founder and data director of LaingBuisson has said.
During his Tory leadership campaign, Johnson said he would bring parties together to solve the crisis.
However, speaking on the topic of ‘how are you meeting the costs of care?’ on BBC Radio 4 yesterday, William Laing said that while he would like to see all parties come together, it was unlikely.
“I’d be very pleased if they did but I frankly do not think they will,” he said.
“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.”
He said if the social care system is to be fixed, then it would be costly.
Laing told BBC listeners: “In order to make the fees reasonable you probably need another billion pounds to bring services back to the same level they were before austerity. But the really big hit would be, if you really wanted to professionalise the service and pay people, not the minimum wage but a decent career structure, then we’re talking about several billion pounds.’
“So, it’s quite expensive, ‘but then if you could increase the spending on social care from, let’s say its present 2% or so to 2.5%, that doesn’t sound that great, that would go a long way to resolving this particular problem.”
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