09/03/2021 - The government has no plan for social care

elderlyThe budget revealed that the Government has no plan for dealing with the crisis in social care.

Mr. Sunak was asked on BBC Radio 4’s Today programme why there was no mention of social care in his financial statement, and he replied that the government was “committed” to finding a cross-party solution.

In July 2019, Boris Johnson used his first speech as Tory premier to say “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.”

Christina McAnea, general secretary of health and care workers’ union Unison, said: “Rishi Sunak’s admission that there’s no plan for social care reform is a damning indictment of the government’s repeated failure to come up with a solution for a sector in crisis."

Labour’s shadow minister for social care, Liz Kendall, said the government had not “discussed or even raised” with the opposition its plans to build a cross-party consensus.

She said: “There was nothing in the Budget on social care, despite everything that has happened during this pandemic and the Prime Minister’s promise on the steps of Downing Street to fix the crisis in social care more than 18 months ago.”

Mark Serwotka of the civil service workers’ PCS union said Sunak’s “refusal to lift the pay cap on civil servants and other public sector workers, who have kept the country going during the pandemic, is a disgrace.”