Reports that the Government had plans in place to reform social care BEFORE the coronavirus pandemic but delayed them until autumn have been described as a scandal.
The BBC has said that the Government was looking at social care reform right up until March’s budget but then shelved plans until later this year.
It reports that a cap on care costs and a method of getting payments direct to care providers, rather than through commissioners, were amongst options discussed.
The Independent Care Group (ICG) says it is a scandal if reform was so close to being unveiled before being kicked down the road again.
ICG chair, Mike Padgham said: “If true, this is an awful revelation and evidence of the latest of many horrendous delays in tackling social care which have left the sector chronically under-prepared for situations like coronavirus.
“We have been lobbying for reform for many years and to learn that plans were almost put in place but then delayed again is a kick in the teeth for all care providers at this challenging time.”
The ICG says 1.5m people are now living without the care they need after almost £8bn was cut from social care budgets since 2010. It says care and nursing homes have been closing and homecare providers handing back untenable contracts during the past decade’s crisis.