The Conservative Party has announced a ‘three-point plan’ to find a long-term solution for social care in its election manifesto.
The manifesto pledges an additional £1bn each year for adult social care, as well as a commitment to seeking a cross-party consensus on long term reform, adding that “nobody needing care should be forced to sell their home to pay for it”.
Speaking at the launch of the manifesto, Prime Minister Boris Johnson, said: “Since this government has been in power we’ve allocated about £1.5bn towards addressing the social care issue both for adult and child social care and helping local councils with the huge pressures that they face.
“We are going to put another billion every year in the life of the Parliament into fixing that but what we’re also going to do, is do what I think people in this country would expect us to do, which is to build on what I think is a growing national consensus about the way forward.
“And we will reach out cross party – we will be optimistic and the way we do that, and try to bring people together – and we will have a long term plan that achieves two things.
“First of all, it ensures that everybody has dignity and security in their old age, and secondly that nobody, nobody has to sell their home to pay for the cost of their care.”
Additionally, the Tories pledged to make finding a cure for dementia one of their biggest priorities, including doubling research funding and speeding up trials for new treatments.
The Conservatives also said they will provide £74m over three years for additional capacity in community settings for those with learning disabilities and autism.
Professor Martin Green OBE, CEO of Care England, said: “We welcome the commitment to an extra £1bn a year to stabilise social care (though we have said this requires £4bn) and we also welcome the commitment to supporting people with learning disabilities to lead better lives in community services.
“We would welcome the building of a political consensus on social care, but this must not be used as an excuse for any incoming government not to take immediate action to deliver a long-term solution for the funding, staffing an status of social care.”
Michael Voges, Executive Director of ARCO said: “ARCO welcomes the recognition in the Conservative Party manifesto of the important of building a consensus on social care and to continuing to reform leasehold.
“One area were there is already cross-party consensus is on the role which retirement communities can play in tackling the housing and care crises for older people.
“A clear statement of support for the growth of our sector early in the next Parliament will go a long way to unleashing Britain’s potential in this area.”