PM Fails to Set Release Date for Long Awaited Adult Social Care Plan – Alzheimer’s Society comments

Posted On: 
15th May 2019

The Prime Minister failed to set a date for the publication of the long-awaited Green Paper on adult social care after she was challenged by a Tory MP. During PMQs, Andrew Lewer (Northampton South) asked Theresa May for a "definitive and unalterable date" for the release of the Green Paper on adult social care.

Mrs May responded to say “"We will be publishing it at the earliest opportunity and it will set out those proposals to ensure that the social care system is sustainable in the longer term."

In the March 2017 Budget, Chancellor Philip Hammond said the Government would publish a Green Paper on social care.

 Sally Copley, Director of Policy, Campaigns and Partnerships at Alzheimer’s Society, said: “Time and time again people with dementia are being let down by an underfunded, broken social care system.

“Whether it’s poor quality of care, being unable to access the required support or having to spend everything they have to get it, through our helpline we frequently hear that people affected by dementia are left with completely inadequate care and support.

“With long term reform of social care kicked into the long grass, we need Government action now to end the unfairness people with dementia face in paying higher care costs and improve access to good quality dementia care. That’s why more than 100 MPs have already backed Alzheimer’s Society’s campaign for a dedicated Dementia Fund which would help people get the specialist dementia care they need here and now. Hundreds of thousands of people living with dementia have already waited far too long.”