Reform is needed to solve the social care crisis- will Boris Johnson help?

In a bid to solve the care crisis, Boris Johnson has committed to provide “every older person the dignity and security they deserve”. Sally Copley, Director of Policy and Campaigns at Alzheimer’s Society, comments that whilst a long term reform is needed, more urgency should be placed on the matter to provide the appropriate funding. As Matt Hancock, the Secretary for Health and Social Care has been kept on this could signify hope as he reportedly has a social care proposal ready to be publicised that did not pass under Theresa May. The rumoured solution consists of “a state-backed, but voluntary saving scheme for people over 40 years of age, worth 2.5 per cent of their salary.” However, critics still remain sceptical about whether this would provide enough funding. It is positive that Johnson positions the crisis at the forefront of his political agenda however, a more pressing and radical solution is needed to resolve the historical problem.

Nafeesa Mohammed