Boris Johnson has promised to fix the social care crisis in his opening address as the new prime minister.
Speaking outside 10 Downing Street, he said: “My job is to protect you or your parents or grandparents from the fear of having to sell your home to pay for the costs of care.
“And so I am announcing now – on the steps of Downing Street – that we will fix the crisis in social care once and for all with a clear plan we have prepared to give every older person the dignity and security they deserve.”
The National Care Forum has welcomed the acknowledgement of this key domestic policy as “encouraging”.
“It is great news that Boris Johnson recognises the importance of social care and the need for immediate action. We have waited over two years for this government to produce a reform document, and these were not two years we had to spare,” said NCF executive director Vic Rayner.
“The PM says he has a detailed plan to address social care – and we look forward to understanding as soon as possible what that looks like – and how it will address immediate requirements – as well as looking towards a long term solution for future funding for all adults. It is critical that the plan put forward addresses the agenda of people – not just that of political expediency.”
Meanwhile, Matt Hancock has retained his post as health and social care secretary, following a sweeping cabinet overhaul that saw more than a dozen ministers sacked or quit.
On Tuesday, Hancock presented to the cabinet the progress his department has made over the past year, and while see spoke about developments in the NHS, he failed to mention social care.