Leading care stakeholders have given their reaction to the Conservatives social care pledges issued in yesterday’s General Election manifesto.
The Tories’ manifesto rejected a proposal for a social care cap but raised the wealth threshold for paying for care from £23,250 to £100,000 (see BREAKING NEWS: Tories outline social care plans in election manifesto).
Martin Green, CEO of Care England (pictured) told us: “I am pleased social care is getting a high priority in the Conservative manifesto, but there is a credibility gap for all parties in relation to social care, and every party should be cognizant of the fact that the public have been given promises by all governments and none of them have delivered.”
LaingBuisson founder and healthcare economist William Laing described the Tories’ proposals as a “manifesto mouse”.
William said the Tories had taken on board half of the Dilnot proposals by introducing a £100,000 capital threshold but abandoned the other half by placing no limit on lifetime care costs.
The LaingBuisson founder warned that bringing formerly privately paying care home residents under the umbrella of local authority commissioners through the higher capital threshold could mean a “sudden and alarming cut in fee income of care homes, enough to put many of them out of business”.
“The risk could be mitigated or averted if councils had enough resources to pay the fair cost for care, but that does not appear to be on offer,” William added.
Jeremy Hughes, chief executive at Alzheimer’s Society, said: “We’ve been crying out for a solution that ends the catastrophic costs of dementia social care. For people spending over half a million pounds on dementia care, nothing parties have yet proposed will help.”
Simon Whalley, Director of Birtley House and Vice Chairman of the Surrey Care Association, said: “Firstly the public has been indoctrinated over three generations that the NHS will look after us from cradle to grave. We all know deep down that this is no longer true but are unwilling to accept some personal responsibility for our own care in old age so a cross-party consensus as to how to implement this change of attitude is necessary.
“Secondly every area has different social structures and implementation of integration of care and health needs appropriate local response but this is not possible without local control of budgets and breaking down the public sector silos that prevent the integration that everyone knows is essential.”