Adam Thompson: Labour candidate for Amber Valley

Adam Thompson

Social care is in crisis: what Labour will do to fix it

Labour have a plan to fix the social care crisis. We will invest an extra £10 billion a year in social care by 2023/24 to ensure more people receive publicly funded care each year, including working age adults and older people and cap care costs so that no one is faced with catastrophic costs for their care.

Labour will introduce free personal care for older people who need social care as part of our vision for the National Care Service. This will help older people live with dignity, providing help with daily tasks such as getting in and out of bed, bathing, help with eating and moving around their homes. This will also help older people to stay in their own homes for longer.

The Tories’ inaction has pushed social care into crisis and they are letting people who need care down. You cannot trust Boris Johnson with this, who has completely failed to set out how the Tories fix social care. Labour are the only people setting out a plan to deal with it.

The Tories have failed to address the crisis in social care.

Local authorities have less money to spend on social care than they did in 2010. Nine years of cuts to council budgets have seen £7.7 billion taken out of social care budgets.

Hundreds of thousands fewer people are receiving the care they need now, than were in 2010, despite local authorities receiving 5,000 requests for social care every day.

Labour will:

  • Introduce free personal care for older people, to support them to live independently in their own home by providing help with daily tasks such as getting in and out of bed, bathing and washing, and preparing meals;
  • Fund social care properly with £10 billion a year of additional funding by 2023/24 to provide more social care packages for working age adults and older people;
  • Cap care costs, to ensure no one is faced with catastrophic costs for their care.
  • Reform provision of care by ensuring care providers meet ethical standards of care, including minimum requirements for workforce terms and conditions as staff training and development and supporting local authorities to provide rather than outsource care.
  • Support the care workforce better to ensure people receive support from trained staff who have the time and skills needed to provide care.

My video on the NHS and social care: