The social care crisis is spiraling out of control as Boris Johnson and our leaders engage in political games.
The fact that there is little focus on helping our most vulnerable citizens is a testament to Westminster’s collective failure.
After 28 months, we can clearly see how Boris Johnson’s premiership is shaping up – and it isn’t pretty as it lurches from crisis to crisis.
His strategy is built on four pillars: blaming others, which was the defining creed of his Brexit cabal, which promoted the absurd notion that complex global problems could be solved by populist gestures; boosterism, in which he promises a lot but delivers very little; chaos, which pervades Downing Street; and, finally, constant U-turns, which are an unavoidable result of such an approach to governance.
Despite the gravity of the impact on millions of citizens in desperate need of assistance, the social care farce accentuates the first three pillars with frightening clarity.
Keep in mind that this is a problem that affects people with dementia, disabilities, and chronic health conditions, as well as families who are trying to make ends meet in the face of enormous challenges.
Johnson, on the other hand, campaigned on a promise to “fix the crisis in social care once and for all,” which was a flat-out lie.
Then, two months ago, he promised parliament that he would “finally be dealing with social care,” while criticizing Labour for failing to address the issues despite his own party’s 11-year rule.
Unfortunately, this was yet another deceptive stunt.
Johnson was not even proposing a bandage for the gaping wound in our society’s underbelly that the pandemic had exposed yet again.
There was a tax increase dubbed “the health and social care levy” by populists, but it was simply an increase in national insurance, which took another £12 billion a year from working people.
Almost all of the money will be sucked up by the National Health Service, which has an insatiable appetite for cash – in theory until 2024, but most likely indefinitely.
The trickle of money that makes its way to social care was created solely to provide a cost cap for the wealthier families who sell their homes to pay for care.
This minor reform, which was aimed squarely at the Conservative voter base, offered little to a disgruntled sector.
UK news summary from Infosurhoy.
The social care crisis is spinning out of control as Boris Johnson and our leaders play political games.
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As Boris Johnson and our leaders play political games, the social care crisis is spinning out of control
There is bickering between the Treasury and health department over who is to blame, although many believe Sajid Javid – a minister whose shrimp-like political skills would leave him out of depth in a paddling pool – wanted to divert the £900m savings into other health concerns