This is one of a series of broad promises at the start of section four of the manifesto, A Restored Contract Between the Generations. Restoring that contract is taken to mean:
“providing older people with security against ill health while ensuring we maintain the promise of opportunity and prosperity for younger generations”
In pursuit of that objective, this policy is a pledge to provide the right long-term solution for elderly care. The various elements making up the proposed solution are contained in a raft of policies in this section of the manifesto. We’ve looked in greater detail at each of them separately.
- Include the family home when calculating assets to pay for domestic or residential care
- Introduce a single capital floor of £100,000 to pay for care costs
- Enable those receiving care at home to defer payments
- Release a green paper to address issues of quality of care and variation in practice
- Reduce loneliness for older people
- Promote technological solutions to prolong independent living
- Invest in dementia research
- Create a new statutory entitlement to carer’s leave
- Means-test Winter Fuel Payments
- Transfer savings from Winter Fuel Payments directly to health and social care
- Maintain ‘other’ pensioner benefits
Our verdicts for those policies range from ‘not started’ to ‘done’, with several currently ‘in progress’. Using the government’s own criteria, “the right long-term solution for elderly care” requires the completion of all of the above policies. Until then, this one can only be ‘in progress’. We’ll keep tracking the related promises and initiatives, so follow this policy to stay updated.