Proposals put forward by York’s Liberal Democrat councillors to call on the new Health Secretary to put forward a plan that would fix social care, have been approved by Full Council this evening (15 July).
Next week will see the two year anniversary since Boris Johnson stood on the steps of Downing Street and exclaimed that he had a “clear” and “prepared” plan to solve the social care crisis. As local council budgets are stretched and price for care continues to rise, York councillors have discussed the impact that the lack of a plan that would fix the broken system is having on their residents.
In a motion put to the meeting of all city councillors, Liberal Democrat group urged cross-party support for calling on the new Health Secretary to bring forward a plan that would offer:
- Funding for short-term stabilisation, addressing short-term funding challenges, which have been worsened by Covid;
- A long-term plan that sets the priorities for investment and transformation of services and systematically addresses the workforce challenges;
- A funding settlement that provides local government with the necessary finance to implement the long term plan over the next five years;
- Arrangements to protect people from incurring catastrophic care costs by pooling the risk and making the current means-test more comprehensive.
Councillor Carol Runciman, Liberal Democrat Executive Member for Health and Adult Social Care and chair of the Council’s Health and Wellbeing Board, commented:
“This Government continues to kick the can down the road on urgent and long-promised social care reform, as local resident bills pile up and care workers and local council finances are stretched to their limits. Sticking plaster solutions are unsustainable - depending on council tax, that sees residents foot the bill of a failed system, whilst cutting local government funding only deepens the crisis.
“The pandemic has reminded us both of the integral importance of our care workers as well as the urgency for fixing the system, which currently is simply unsustainable and unfair.
“The new Health Secretary must deliver on the promises of this Government to fix social care and confine to history the approach of quick fix solutions that continue to put the burden on local councils, our residents and care workers.”