Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn has announced plans to head off the social care crisis, including a £10 billion funding package and a pledge to cap care costs.
In his latest policy announcement ahead of the General Election this Thursday, Corbyn repeated Labour’s pledge to introduce free personal care for the elderly and committed £10bn in additional funding by 2023/24.
He also promised to cap care costs, to ensure no one is faced with catastrophic costs for their care.
“We have a social care crisis on our hands and it was created by the Tories,” said Corbyn.
“I want everyone to be able to live with dignity, which is why we will start by introducing free personal care for older people.
“Labour is on the side of care workers and those who need care. We are committed to real change in the way that social care is delivered.”
Labour research has revealed that more than 9,200 people have requested help for help in paying for their social care since April 2017 after running out of money.
Moreover, 5,385 people – almost 15 a day – have approached their local authority for help in 2018/19, up by 38% year on year.
Labour’s planned National Care Service is set to ensure that older people have their personal care needs met, with the ambition to extend this provision to all working-age adults.
A report by the Daily Mirror said the promised cap on care costs will be set at £30,000, but this hasn’t been confirmed by the Labour Party.
In 2011, the Dilnot commission recommended a lifetime cap of between £25,000 and £50,000 on social care costs to ensure the state steps in where people face catastrophic costs that cannot be planned for.
A Conservative spokesman said: “We’ve invested an additional £650 million of new money for social care in 2019-20, including another £240 million for adult social care to alleviate winter pressures on the NHS this year.
“Boris Johnson and the Conservatives are delivering for the NHS – putting £33.9 billion more into our frontline services, building 40 new hospitals, and delivering 50,000 more nurses.”