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PM preparing major announcement on social care reform, reports say

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Prime Minister Boris Johnson is preparing to make a major announcement on social care reform, according to press reports.

The Independent said the PM is keen to make an announcement ahead of this weekend, which will mark the second anniversary of his coming to power and his pledge to “fix social care”.

The Times reported the PM is now “comfortable with some sort of tax” to cover universal social care, as well as a cap on how much people would have to pay for their care.

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The proposals, which The Telegraph said the PM was aiming to agree with Chancellor Rishi Sunak and Health & Social Care Secretary Sajid Javid ahead of the summer recess by next Thursday, also include extra funding to ensure more people get help and staff are better paid.

Commenting on the reports, ADASS President, Stephen Chandler, said: “After 25 years of broken promises by governments to reform our social care system, half-measures will not be acceptable to the millions of us who need care and support to lead lives of the quality that everyone should be able to expect.

“While a cap on lifetime liability for the costs of care would be a welcome part of a reform package for some older people, in some parts of the country, it would do little or nothing for those of working age who have disabilities or other care needs, or for unpaid carers. For a cost of at least £3bn it would create not a single extra hour of care for people in their own homes.

“Directors of social services say their biggest worry is meeting the needs of young adults, which accounts for more than half of all social care spending by local councils. Our survey this week showed that unprecedented numbers of people of all ages – almost 75,000 – are waiting for assessment of their needs or for agreed support to start.

“Any reform package must include an immediate injection of significant new funding to end delays and stabilise the system, a clear and costed 10-year transformational plan for social care and a workforce strategy that provides career paths and greatly improved pay and conditions for our 1.5 million care workers. We are calling for a minimum social care wage of £10.90 an hour.”

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