‘Social care rescue plan’ could be five years away, confirms Boris Johnson

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Boris Johnson has confirmed that his so-called social care rescue plan could still be five years away.

This is despite the prime minister pledging before the election that he and his team had a ready-to-go package to solve the social care crisis.

In an interview this morning with BBC Breakfast – Johnson’s first televised interview since his election last month – the prime minister admitted that although his aim is to get his plans in motion within the first year, it could take until the end of the Government (potentially five years), to get it fully implemented.

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After explaining how he wants the elderly to receive the care they need without having to sell their homes, interviewer Dan Walker asked for a date.

The PM responded: “We’ll certainly get it done within this Parliament.”

Walker pushed him, explaining how this could mean waiting five years, when his pre-election promise said there was a plan ready to be put into practice.

To which the PM confirmed: “Well, we will bring forward this year. We will bring forward a plan this year, we will get it done in this Parliament.”

Johnson added: “It is a big, big thing.”

In November, in the run up to the General Election, Home Care Insight reported on the Conservative’s manifesto promise which laid out a three-point plan for social care.

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  1. Actually it’s right to not over-promise in case there are likely hold-ups with legislation for something so potentially complex as this, especially as cross-party talks hardly can start until the new Liebore leader is in place, which isn’t until April. To get out a green paper by the year end would not be slow progress. The potential for ‘political football’ playing from Liebore and media was shown by the reaction to the hapless Treason May’s dumb proposal of a cost ceiling, which was an open goal to caricature as a ‘dementia tax’. By reason of the fear than any and every plan to solve this will be berated, the government will want the white paper and legislation passed next year. Dragging on past the second year of the new parliament will be getting near enough to the next general election for it to be still by then fresh in voters’ memory.
    * Will it be that hard to get an agreement? Maybe not re re care homes. If all care home residents hand over all income, at an average (state pension + private pension + pension transferred from late spouse) of probably £300 to £400 a week, that’s fully half the cost of the NHS funding of care homes (a bit over £700 a week). Conceding that everyone should be able to pass on a meaningful inheritance to offspring, the assets threshold could be set at say £200,000. The upshot would be that anyone with just the house as an asset, who lives in an ordinary house in an ordinary area, would be exempt. Anyone with a big house or living in a crazy area where everyone has had gigantic capital gains, pays up in full. A progressive solution that might appeal to Liebore.

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