EXCLUSIVE: Health minister James Bethell reveals Boris Johnson has done yet another U-turn by going back on his word to fix the broken social care system by the end of the year
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Boris Johnson has reneged on his pledge to get the social care crisis fixed by Christmas.
The Prime Minister said sorting out the broken system was his priority when he entered No10 in July last year.
And he claimed in January to have a “clear plan prepared” which he would unveil by the end of this year.
But Health minister James Bethell has revealed the PM has done yet another U-turn and is going back on his word.
Lord Bethell told peers: “I cannot commit to a social care plan before the end of the year.”
The original plan was to cap care costs so people who need to be looked after would not have to sell their family homes to pay for it.
Mr Johnson is now believed to be considering giving free basic care – but asking the elderly to get insurance to pay for “extras” like better meals.
Former Work and Pensions Secretary Damian Green, who came up with idea, said the current system is “financially and politically unsustainable” .
He added: “What would be fair is to guarantee everyone a good level of care while encouraging those who can afford it to take out insurance for whatever extras they wanted.”
Caroline Abrahams of Age UK said older people would see that “a government that promised much on social care has so far delivered nothing”.
Labour leader Keir Starmer said: “Social care has been underfunded and the PM needs to take responsibility.”
The infection control fund to help care homes fight Covid has been given an extra £546million and extended to March.
But shadow social care minister Liz Kendall said: “We need assurances no one with the virus is discharged from hospital into a care home this winter.”
News – Boris Johnson breaks promise to deliver plan for the elderly by Christmas