Jeremy Hunt has confirmed that the green paper, planned for publication before the summer recess, will now not appear until the autumn. The news came shortly after ministers explained the NHS’s 70th birthday present would be an extra £20bn a year in real terms by 2023/24 in return for a new 10 year-plan for the service.
Mr Hunt has said that social care would receive their much needed cash injection soon. But it has become clear that this wouldn’t be arriving until after decisions in next year’s spending review, for implementation in 2020.
The green paper is expected to set out ideas for the long-awaited reform of care and support of older people in England. This follows the Conservatives’ own goal on the issue at last year’s general election.
This postponement has come as a disappointment to the care sector. Suspense will rise as the wait continues until the autumn.