Prime Minister Boris Johnson has vowed to “fix the injustice of care home funding”.
In his speech to the Conservative Party conference yesterday the PM said the Government would “care for the carers as they care for us”.
Mr Johnson added: “We will do what all governments have shirked for decades.
“We will fix the injustice of care home funding, bringing the magic of averages to the rescue of millions.
“COVID has shone a spotlight on the difficulties of that sector in all parts of the UK, and to build back better we must respond. Care for the carers as they care for us.”
The Prime Minister previously pledged to “fix the social care crisis” on the steps of Downing Street following his General Election victory in December 2019.
Having promised to get social care reform under way this year, the Government’s subsequent admission that reform would be delayed until 2021 due to the coronavirus pandemic was met with an angry response by care sector leaders.
The PM’s renewed pledge to the sector was met with further scepticism yesterday.
Angela Rayner MP, deputy leader of the Labour Party, said: “The British people needed to hear the Prime Minister set out how he and his government will get a grip of the crisis. Instead we got the usual bluster and no plan for the months ahead.
“We end this Conservative conference as we started it: with a shambolic testing system, millions of jobs at risk and an incompetent government that has lost control of this virus and is holding Britain back.”