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What should the General Election result mean for social care?

Boris Johnson and the Conservative Party secured a huge majority as the British public headed to the polls yesterday.

With a turnout of 67.3%, a number of former Labour safe seats saw Conservative gains.

One of the early votes last night saw Blyth Valley become a Conservative seat for the first time in its near 70 year history.

It had been held by Labour since its formation in 1950.

Commenting on the outcome, one Labour candidate said it was the “worst result Labour could have imagined.”

Now, aside from the pressing Brexit deal, the British public will turn to Boris Johnson’s election manifesto to see what the next five years will have in store.

Taking a closer look at adult social care, in the build up to the election, the Conservatives laid out a three-point plan for social care.

The manifesto pledged an extra £1bn to adult social care in the UK, as well as a commitment to seeking a cross-party consensus on long term reform.

The plans added that “nobody needing care should be forced to sell their home to pay for it.”

Speaking at manifesto’s launch, Prime Minister Boris Johnson said: “Since this government has been in power we’ve allocated about £1.5bn towards addressing the social care issue both for adult and child social care and helping local councils with the huge pressures that they face.

“We are going to put another billion every year in the life of the Parliament into fixing that but what we’re also going to do, is do what I think people in this country would expect us to do, which is to build on what I think is a growing national consensus about the way forward.

“And we will reach out cross party – we will be optimistic and the way we do that, and try to bring people together – and we will have a long term plan that achieves two things.

“First of all, it ensures that everybody has dignity and security in their old age, and secondly that nobody, nobody has to sell their home to pay for the cost of their care.”

Not only were the Labour Party trounced in England and Wales by the Conservatives, the SNP also made major gains in Scotland.

Covering dementia care as part of its manifesto, the Tories pledged to make finding a cure for dementia one of their major priorities.

This would include doubling research funding and speeding up trials for new treatments.

The Conservatives also said they will provide £74m over three years for additional capacity in community settings for those with learning disabilities and autism.

Following the release of the manifesto, professor Martin Green OBE, CEO of Care England, welcomed the plans.

He said: “We welcome the commitment to an extra £1bn a year to stabilise social care (though we have said this requires £4bn) and we also welcome the commitment to supporting people with learning disabilities to lead better lives in community services.”

Adding: “We would welcome the building of a political consensus on social care, but this must not be used as an excuse for any incoming government not to take immediate action to deliver a long-term solution for the funding, staffing an status of social care.”


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