Repeated delays to promised reform have left the public unconvinced that Boris Johnson will produce and implement a social care policy.
A new poll has revealed that less than a quarter (24%) of voters aged 45 and over are confident that the prime minister will produce a policy during his Parliamentary term, while 20% believe he would be able to implement it.
The poll was taken from financial services company Just Group’s annual report and was conducted on 1,000 adults in England and Wales.
It comes after Matt Hancock kick-started cross-party talks on social care. In a letter shared on Twitter, he called on his colleagues to write to him with their “proposed solutions and concerns” about reforming the way people pay for their care.
Confidence in the Prime Minister’s promises are split along party lines: less than 3% of Labour or Liberal Democrat voters believe the policy will be either produced or enacted within this Parliament.
And while 43% of Conservative voters believe he can introduce the policy, only a third of Conservatives (35%) think he will actually be able to put it into practice.
Boris Johnson has made a series of pledges to fix social care, beginning with the declaration in his first speech after assuming office in July 2019 that he would “fix the crisis in social care once and for all, and with a clear plan we have prepared”.
He then reiterated that he “will certainly do it in this Parliament” in an interview with BBC journalist Dan Walker in mid-January.
The previous administration delayed publishing the long-awaited green paper on adult social care eight times.
“Years of political stagnation and broken promises on social care have clearly eroded the public’s trust in Parliament’s ability to come up with a workable solution,” said Stephen Lowe, group communications director at Just Group.
“Despite voting him into 10 Downing Street, a minority of Conservative voters from the previous election believe the Prime Minister will be able to keep his promise to sort out social care within this Parliamentary term.
“This may reflect the views of newly-won voters who do not fully believe in the Conservative Party and its leader and it creates a feeling of déjà vu. Each occupant steps into Downing Street promising the Earth on social care but delivers nothing bar a succession of consultations and some can-kicking.
“Reforming social care is a huge challenge with which successive administrations have struggled. It is, therefore, understandable that voters might not have confidence in any Prime Minister to deliver – but it is also a vital duty, and we urge the Prime Minister to act.”