Social care and the 2019 general election

Election manifestos of the major political parties make social care a major bargaining tool. Here’s a summary of what the main parties are saying: 

Conservative:

  • Additional funding of £1 billion every year of the new Parliament
  • Build a cross-party consensus to plan for the infrastructure, workforce growth and healthcare integration
  • Double research funding into dementia
  • £74 million over three years for additional capacity in community care settings for those with learning disabilities and autism.

Labour:

  • Free personal care for older people and extra care packages
  • Double the number of people receiving publicly-funded care packages
  • Remove the distinction between health and care needs
  • Repeal the Health and Social Care Act and reinstate the responsibilities of the Secretary of State to provide a comprehensive and universal healthcare system.    

Liberal Democrat:

  • New professional body for care workers, to promote clear career pathways with ongoing training and development, and improved pay structures
  • Professional regulation of care home managers
  • Target of 70 per cent of care staff to have an NVQ level 2 or equivalent
  • Encourage Integrated Care Systems to include local government, and be accountable to them
  • £7 billion a year ring-fenced additional funding for NHS and social care services.  
  • Investment in mental health and prevention services.
  • Ccross-party health and social care convention
  • Statutory independent budget monitoring body for health and care
  • Single place-based budgets for health and social care
  • Progess free end-of-life social care

Green Party:

  • Free social domiciliary care to people over-65.

Plaid Cymru:

  • Free social care
  • New National Health and Social Care Service
  • Parity of pay and terms and conditions across health and social care

Scottish National Party social care policy:

  • Free personal care
  • £30 million extra local authority funding
  • Health and Social Care Partnerships
  • Scottish Living wage for adult social care workers  
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