Boris Johnson pledged to fix the social care crisis in his first speech after becoming Prime Minister yesterday.
Speaking outside Downing Street, the Prime Minister included social care among a string of domestic pledges.
He said: “My job is to protect you or your parents or grandparents from the fear of having to sell your home to pay for the cost of care.
“And so I am announcing on the steps of Downing Street that we will fix the crisis in social care once and for all with a clear plan we have prepared to give every older person the dignity and security they deserve.”
During his campaign to become Prime Minister, Mr Johnson vowed to gain cross-party agreement for a more equitable solution to fund dementia care without providing further details.
The Prime Minister’s focus on social care was welcomed by Executive Director of the National Care Forum Vic Rayner, who said: “The PM says he has a detailed plan to address social care – and we look forward to understanding as soon as possible what that looks like – and how it will address immediate requirements – as well as looking towards a long term solution for future funding for all adults. It is critical that the plan put forward addresses the agenda of people – not just that of political expediency.”
Health and Social Care Secretary Matt Hancock, meanwhile, was one of the few senior ministers to survive a cabinet cull yesterday designed to install the Prime Minister’s supporters.