To whom may concern,
Thank you all for contacting me about social care.
Thanks to decades of economic growth and scientific innovation, we are becoming better at diagnosing, preventing and treating diseases. Deaths from stroke are down 50 per cent, and many fewer die from heart disease. The good news is that as a result people are living longer lives.
But we have to recognise that, alongside the rise of dementia and other chronic conditions, our successes in helping people live longer means the pressures on the elderly care system are ever-increasing. The baby boomers are getting more frail. Within 25 years, it is estimated that the proportion of people over 85 will almost double.
This is a long-term problem, and it requires a long-term solution. Successive governments have failed to properly address this issue, in part because people have used social care as a political football ahead of elections. More recently, the impasse in Parliament over Brexit has made it harder to make any progress. We must break this deadlock and move things forward.
In our manifesto have committed to an ambitious three-point plan to address the social care challenge and give people across our country the dignity and security they deserve.
First, we will stabilise the current social care system and provide extra support to people of all ages who need it right now. We will put £1 billion of extra funding every year into the social care system, supporting councils and ensuring they have the funds they need to address social care.
Secondly, we will urgently work across parliament to find a cross-party consensus that addresses the significant and complex challenges we face. This process will begin as soon as the next Parliament is established, and we will bring forward an answer that solves the problem, commands the widest possible support, and stands the test of time.
The third point of our plan is that without exception no one needing care will have to sell their home to pay for it.
This three-point plan – stabilising the current system, immediately securing cross-party consensus for a long-term solution, and guaranteeing that no one will have to sell their home to pay for care – will provide certainty and security for our older population.
I hope my explaination can give you a wider picture of what we are doing at the moment.
Dr Shengke Zhi
PPC for Manchester Withington