Less than a quarter of over 45s believe PM will fix social care


Less than a quarter of the over 45s are confident Prime Minister Boris Johnson will produce a social care policy this Parliament, a survey has revealed.

The survey by Just Group additionally found that less than one in five people believe Mr Johnson will implement social care policy in the current Parliament.

“Years of political stagnation and broken promises on social care have clearly eroded the public’s trust in Parliament’s ability to come up with a workable solution,” said Stephen Lowe, group communications director at Just Group.

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Confidence in the Prime Minister’s promises are unsurprisingly split along party lines: less than 3% of Labour or Liberal Democrat voters believe the policy will be either produced or enacted within this Parliament, whereas 43% of Conservative voters believe he can introduce the policy. Only a third of Conservatives (35%) think he will actually be able to put it into practice.

Having claimed he had a “clear plan” to fix social care immediately following his election, Mr Johnson subsequently said it may take five years to implement policy.

The survey comes after Health and Social Care Secretary Matt Hancock initiated cross-party talks on social care.

A Department of Health and Social Care spokesperson said: “Putting social care on a sustainable footing, where everyone is treated with dignity and respect, is one of the biggest challenges we face as a society, and we will be bringing forward a plan for social care this year which will ensure everybody will have safety and security, and nobody will be forced to sell their home to pay for care.

“Last week the Health Secretary wrote to all MPs and Peers calling for their views on how to secure a long term, sustainable solution to ensure the reforms will last long into the future.”

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