Saturday 24 July 2021 / 1:33 PM Liz Kendall / Social Care

Labour reveals Boris Johnson social care plan on Tory leader’s second anniversary

Labour has today launched a new website to reveal Boris Johnson’s social care plan, two years since he stood on the steps of Downing Street and promised to fix the social care crisis.

In his speech on the 24th July 2019 Boris Johnson said: “I am announcing now – 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.” Two years later there is still no plan.

This comes after more than a decade of inaction on social care from the Conservatives in government, with tens of thousands of people having to sell their home to pay for care, nine out of 10 councils saying they face budget cuts this year, and almost 42,000 care home residents dying from Covid-19.

Labour has called for a ten-year plan for investment and reform, that transforms support for all older and disabled people as part of a wider ambition to make Britain the best country in which to grow old.

Liz Kendall MP, Labour’s Shadow Social Care Minister, launching Labour’s latest attack on Boris Johnson over social care, said:

“Two years since his promise to the nation on the steps of Downing Street, the British people are no closer to seeing Boris Johnson’s plan to ‘fix the crisis in social care’.

“After ten years of the Tories in power, Britain deserves better. Either the Prime Minister lied about having a plan to fix social care or he lied about not raising taxes.

“Every day the Government delays their plans for fixing the crisis in social care is another day that staff don’t get the pay and training they deserve, another day that thousands of people go without the basic help they need, to do things like get up, washed, dressed and fed, and another day that families are pushed to breaking point.

“Ministers must now put in place a ten-year plan for investment and reform that puts social care on a sustainable footing, and provides all older and disabled people with the dignity and security they deserve.”