Anger at yet more delay to social care reform plans

Care providers reacted angrily to news that a top-level meeting involving the Prime Minister and Chancellor to discuss reform of social care has been postponed.

Boris Johnson, Rishi Sunak and Health Secretary Matt Hancock were to discuss reform of the way the country looks after older and vulnerable people.

But it emerged that this meeting has been indefinitely postponed, angering care providers.

The Independent Care Group (ICG) said it was the same old story of progress on social care reform being kicked further and further down the road.

ICG Chair Mike Padgham said: “We shouldn’t be surprised, the government is guilty of betrayal after betrayal of social care reform.

“What is the problem this time? Do they need some help? If so, there are plenty of us who are more than happy to step in!

“The Prime Minister has promised to get social care done and the country is tired of waiting for him to deliver on that promise. Time and time again we have been promised a Green Paper on reform, only for it to be delayed again and again.

“The meeting must be rescheduled immediately and all three people come up with an urgent plan of action to save social care. No ifs, no buts, we need to see reform on the table and we need to see it now.

“There is no time left for delays, discussions and consultations, we have to see action. The Prime Minister must be bold and decisive, not let the Chancellor delay reform but instead make history as the Prime Minister who finally fixed social care.”

Date Published: June 22, 2021