Sajid Javid has insisted that social care “remains an absolute priority” for the government, amid claims he wants to delay reform proposals.
His comments follow a report by the Telegraph, which claims the new Health and Social Secretary is of the view that “we’re at completely the wrong stage of a parliament to launch a social care strategy”.
When asked by Shadow Health and Social Care Secretary Jonathan Ashworth if the reports are true, Javid said: “I should warn him not to believe everything he reads in the press, I think he should know that.
“Social care remains an absolute priority for this government, for me. The prime minister himself has rightly made some very clear commitments on social care and we absolutely intend to meet them.
“When it comes to reform, the Bill that my predecessor has talked about, of course we are committed to that.”
It is nearly two years since Boris Johnson promised to fix social care “once and for all” in his opening speech as Prime Minister.
In July 2020, Johnson said plans were being finalised, and in March this year he told the Commons liaison Committee that reform proposals will be brought forward “later this year”.