Tory voter confidence over PM’s social care pledge plummets ahead of local elections

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Confidence among Conservative voters aged 45 and over that Boris Johnson will produce a social care policy has plummeted over the past year, halving from 43% to 22%, according to new research.

The news comes ahead of today’s local elections, and despite speculation that the Queen’s Speech may include a Bill on Social Care and its funding.

Research from retirement specialist Just Group reveals that Conservative voters in this age group have rapidly lost confidence in the Prime Minister’s promise when entering Downing Street to “fix the crisis in social care once and for all”.

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The study also found that the proportion who say they are not confident he will produce a policy has nearly tripled from 13% to 37% and now outstrips those who remain confident.

Just 2% of Labour and Liberal Democrat voters aged 45 and over say they are confident Boris Johnson will produce a social care policy this year.

The survey was conducted by Opinium on behalf of Just Group on 1,000 UK adults aged 45+ between April 7 and 13, 2021.

Stephen Lowe, group communications director at Just Group, said the findings reflect the “continued failure” of politicians to push through long-needed reforms.

“While the pandemic has understandably consumed the vast majority of the Government’s attention, the Prime Minister entered office nearly two years ago stating that he had a clear plan prepared.

“Yet, ahead of the Queen’s Speech, we’re still left with little more than hope and rumour that the Prime Minister will reveal the details of the plan he said would give every older person the dignity and security they deserve.

“Voters have heard it all before so it’s no surprise that, even among the Prime Minister’s own voters, scepticism is growing that this promise is all bluster and no action.

“Planning later life care is difficult and emotional and repeated failures to deliver on promises of change are undermining people’s ability to plan for later life.”

Last month, the Prime Minister confirmed that the social care sector will have a 10-year plan, akin to the one drawn up for the NHS.

He told the Commons liaison committee that social care reforms were in preparation and that the “gulf” between the NHS and social care, into which “so many people fall into”, is a “problem that needed to be fixed”.

The Minister of Care, Helen Whately, has also said that a workforce strategy will also form part of the proposals.

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