Uncertainty in social care after election result

So, 3 days on since the election result was announced and we still don’t know who will form the next government. As a result, from a social care perspective, we still don’t know where the future direction of policy will go either.

So, nothing has changed there, then. It’s been like this for months as green papers and white papers have come and gone, with little changing on the ground.

The only certainty, in terms of policy, came with Labour and its plans for a National Care Service, as laid out in April’s White Paper. But many in the sector doubted it would ever make it to fruition, given their standings in the polls.

Indeed, at the time of writing, a Conservative-Liberal coalition is looking possible, which would mean the end of Labour’s ideas; the Conservatives did not sign up to it, and the Liberals rejected several elements of it.  

Their ideas for reforming social care have not been laid out in as much detail as Labour’s, so many are left wondering what will happen.

My hope is that if there is a coalition – be it Conservative-Liberal, Liberal-Labour or some other variation – it will give a chance for a consensus to emerge over future policy direction. If that happens then if there is another election in the near future, there is a chance that the policy might be consistent. But that’s a hope.

More realistically, my guess is that another commission will be formed to review social care and make recommendations from that – although what could be said differently to the results of last year’s Big Care Debate is unclear. The Liberals said they would do this in their manifesto, although the Conservatives are said to be against that as well.

So, as I write, it seems like the only things that are certain are: the social care industry will continue to do its best with the limited resources it has and a funding system that nobody likes – like it has done for years; and that nothing will change that situation in the immediate future.

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One response to “Uncertainty in social care after election result

  1. Rosemary

    Hi Dan,

    Our paths seem to cross quite a bit lately :P.

    Would it be that apart from a few individuals/groups/organisations, that the issues surrounding social care have been put on the backburner..yet again. The silence was deafening in the Leaders debates by the marked absence of any discussions surrounding these issues.

    We dont need another commission,we need action,not more words. The problems are well known but none of the Leaders seem brave enough to tackle them head on. Instead they tinker round the edges.

    No matter the reasons they give now as to not take action,it is going to be families/elderly/disabled/carers that bear the brunt of their inaction. In 3/5/7 yrs etc, we dont want to be hearing the words from whichever govt in power….”IF ONLY we had listened..”

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