The leader of the Labour Party has vowed to hold the government to its promise to fix the crisis in social care after a “decade of drift”.
Speaking at the party’s virtual conference yesterday, Keir Starmer said that despite promises from three Conservative prime ministers to reform the system, “nothing has been done”.
He said that after a “decade of drift”, the government must finally fix the social care system, so that it treats those who have “given so much” with the “respect, love and dignity that they deserve”.
“The Tories have had a decade to sort it out, but they’ve done nothing. David Cameron promised he would fix it. Theresa May promised she would fix it. A year ago Boris Johnson promised he would fix it,” he added.
“Let’s hold them to that promise. This is a matter of basic fairness and human compassion. The Government needs to act and to act now.”
The Labour leader described the social care system in Britain is a “disgrace to a rich nation”, and blamed the Conservative party for its “abandonment”.
“That’s on their watch. That’s down to them,” he said.
Starmer also repeated deputy leader Angela Rayner’s call for all social care workers to be paid “at least” the real living wage.
He said: “If we didn’t realise it already we’ve learnt that care workers do some of the most vital work in society. Yet they’re under-paid, under-recognised, and under-appreciated. Our care workers are heroes.”