What are Boris Johnson’s plans for adult social care?

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Boris Johnson has been named the next UK prime minister, beating his rival Jeremy Hunt.

The former foreign secretary and mayor of London won the race comfortably, with 66% of the votes – 92,153, to Hunt’s 46,656.

So what are Johnson’s plans for adult social care now he’s PM?

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Unlike his opponent Hunt, who in his campaign for Tory leadership laid out a four-point plan for social care, Johnson has been fairly light on the detail.

But, here’s what we know so far:

He called for a cross-party solution to tackle the care crisis…

In an interview with the Daily Express last week, Johnson vowed to build a cross-party consensus on overhauling the country’s broken care system.

“We need to get everybody together to find a solution to this because it is a crisis in our country,” he said.

His pledge follows the revelation that people living with dementia have spent almost £15bn of their own money on social care since the government promised to publish its Social Care Green Paper two years ago.

During the third leadership hustings on June 27, Johnson said he would “literally” bring the parties together to resolve the crisis.

He pledged to take action to stop families being forced to sell their homes to pay for care…

Johnson said during his leadership campaign that two principles should apply in overhauling the social care system: that no one should be at risk of losing their home to pay for care costs, and that everyone should be treated with dignity in old age.

In the same interview with the Daily Express, mentioned above, he said: “It is inequitable, some families having to raise hundreds of thousands in order to pay for the costs of care, others are getting those costs met, or at least partly met.

“There is a real sense of anxiety this is causing and we need to address it.”

He’s expected to back Hancock’s insurance-style scheme…

Johnson was expected to outline his social care policies in his acceptance speech yesterday, but in the end he spoke more generally about his plans to “energise the UK”.

However, he has reported to have drawn up a domestic agenda with his transition team, led by his Chief of Staff Sir Eddie Lister.

The plans include a new state-backed insurance scheme, which people would use to save for better care in their old age from their 40s.

Health and Social Care Secretary Matt Hancock proposed the scheme in May, explaining that it could be modelled on the auto enrolment system for workplace pensions.

Boris is expected to announce that a white paper to unveil the initiative will be published within weeks.

He plans to steal Hunt’s ideas…

In his race to become the next PM, Jeremy Hunt proposed financial support for three-generation families who are prepared to look after their elderly relatives at home rather than putting them in a care home.

He said families will able to apply for tax relief if they choose to adapt or extend their home to accommodate their relatives’ needs.

Hunt also said he intends to establish a 10-year funding plan for the social care system, although he did not reveal the amount, and would better integrate health and social care services.

Alas, the former health secretary won’t be able to see these plans through as PM, but Johnson said in his acceptance speech yesterday that Hunt has been “the font of excellent ideas”, all of which he intends to “steal forthwith”.

His remarks may have been made in jest, but could this mean that Johnson will back Hunt’s proposals for social care? We’ll have to wait and see.

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