Only half (49 per cent) of MPs believe the Green Paper on adult social care will improve standards of social care provision.
Responding to a survey, two thirds (65 per cent) of MPs said they had seen increases in the number of people in their constituencies coming to them with concerns over social care; nearly half (46 per cent) said concern had increased significantly.
Concern was highest among MPs in the north of England.
In the poll, commissioned by health organisation coalition
the NHS Confederation, 76 per cent of MPs including more than half of Conservative
MPs, agree that there is now a crisis in social care.
But despite the consensus about there being a
crisis in care, politicians are evenly split in their support across four
potential solutions, with each attracting about a fifth of MPs’ support:
introducing free personal care (21 per cent); an auto-enrolment insurance
system (20 per cent); a cap on costs and a revised ‘floor’ to the means test –
a variant of the Dilnot proposal (19 per cent); and improving the current
system (18 per cent).
Broken down by the two main political parties, Conservative MPs are most likely to support the option of an auto-enrolment insurance system (30 per cent) and Labour MPs are most likely to support the introduction of free personal care (40 per cent). ocked0 L