The United Kingdom’s General Election is set to take place after only one week. Every time we near the election time, social care is highlighted. However, during this year’s election campaign, the issue of social care was particularly emphasized during the debate. Both leaders have been vocal about their intention to solve the existing issue. So what is next year’s Government promising to deliver?
The Labour Party’s view of a National Care Service has changed the public’s expectancy of ideal social care. It is no doubt that the party has expressed bold objectives. Their ultimate aim is to establish a system with increasing public sector provision where all individuals who are working age and require personal care would be given it for no cost at all. Furthermore, they have added a list of measures to expand care workers’ rights, such as travel time that is paid for and promised access to training hours and regular hours.
The party said it would “provide additional care packages to support both older people and working-age adults living independently in their own homes”. A spokesperson for the Labour Party stated that they would provide “160,000 more care packages through addressing the funding crisis in social care”.
On the other hand, the Conservatives have put forward a three-point proposal consisting of an instantly added funding of £1 billion per year, and a guarantee that the reform solution will not make people consider selling their houses. The money would be spent on the services of children and adults. Previously, councils have divided this money almost equally between the two.
The chief executive of health and care think-tank the King’s Fund, Richard Murray said: “The additional £1bn to give a short-term boost to social care services for both adults and children is not enough to meet rising demand for care while maintaining the current quality and accessibility of services.”