With one constituency left to declare, the Conservative Party has won 364 seats in the General Election with a working majority of 86.
In an article written in November, the Health and Social Care Secretary confirmed the Party’s pledge of £1 billion in funding per year for the next five years to assist local authorities in meeting the demands of social care. The plans also include an intention to work with other political parties to reach long term solutions. In echoing the sentiments from the Prime Minister in July, the Health Secretary categorically stated that people should not have to sell their homes to pay for their social care.
The Conservative Party faced criticism for the lack of detail in its plans and we now look forward to some elaboration and some progress being made.
The working majority will almost certainly allow the Prime Minister to pass the Withdrawal Agreement Bill which would see Britain leave the EU by 31 January 2020. Whilst there are likely to be further twists and turns on the issue, we would hope that the part resolution of the matter would eventually free up the time of MPs and Parliament and allow them to turn their attention to the urgent issue of social care in the New Year.
As things stand, the social care sector faces difficult funding and staffing pressures. Until the promised extra funding and proposed resolutions begin to make an impact, the situation will unlikely improve and care home claims are likely to continue in the near future.
Katie Murphy, Solicitor, BLM