General Election 2017 pledges

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We are looking closely at all of the General Election Manifestos for each major political party as they are published to pull out key commitments for social care, in terms of structural changes and associated issues, like housing and wage rates. We do not provide an opinion, nor do we highlight a party’s commentary on the current situation, only relevant specific pledges.

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Conservative

  • Fund schemes to get graduates from Britain’s leading universities to serve in schools, police forces, prisons, and social care and mental health organisations;
  • Means test Winter Fuel Payments and money released will be transferred directly to health and social care;
  • A priority in our negotiations with the European Union [will be] that the 140,000 staff from EU countries can carry on making their vital contribution to our health and care system;
  • Put the National Data Guardian for Health and Social Care on a statutory footing to ensure data security standards are properly enforced;
  • Align the future basis for means-testing for domiciliary care with that for residential care;
  • Introduce a single capital floor, set at £100,000, more than four times the current means test threshold;
  • Extend the current freedom to defer payments for residential care to those receiving care at home;
  • Promote technological solutions to prolong independent living, and invest in dementia research;
  • A new statutory entitlement to carer’s leave, as enjoyed in other countries – the Family Care Scheme will give statutory right to a year’s unpaid leave to care for a relative;
  • Social Care Green Paper;
  • Replace the 1983 Mental Health Act with new laws tackling “unnecessary detention” in England and Wales;
  • A ‘new generation’ of social housing in England.
  • Put worker representation on company boards.

Download the Conservative Manifesto 2017


Green Party

  • Major investment in social care for the elderly and all those who need it.
  • Increase funding for local authorities so they can provide good quality public services and invest in our communities, creating thousands of jobs. A single budget covering health and social services, to make life
    easier for people who need to access several types of service.
  • Review the effectiveness of how public services are structured, sensitive to the needs of all people, including assessment of how care is provided at the transition age of 18.
  • Ensure that all health and dental services are always publicly provided and funded, and free at the point of access, via the introduction of an NHS Reinstatement Act.
  • Scrap NHS Sustainability and Transformation Plans.
  • Bring mental health care in line with physical health care and ensure people experiencing mental health crises are supported close to their home and support networks.
  • Introduce mental health awareness training within the public sector and encourage a more open dialogue on the issue in wider society.
  • Introduce rent controls, build 500,000 socially-rented affordable homes.

Download the Green Party Manifesto


Labour

  • A new model of community care that takes into account not only primary care but also social care and mental health.
  • To make sure that autistic people are able to access the whole of their community and to put an end to social isolation, Labour will set the ambition to make our country autism-friendly.
  • Ring-fence mental health budgets and ensure funding reaches the frontline. Invest in early intervention by increasing the proportion of mental health budgets spent on support for children and young people.
  • Ask the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) to evaluate the potential for increasing the range of evidence based psychological therapies on offer.
  • We will ensure high quality, personalised care for people approaching the end of their life, wherever and whenever they need it.
  • Scrap the NHS pay cap.
  • Immediately guarantee the rights of EU staff working in our health and care services.
  • Repeal the Health and Social Care Act.
  • Increase social care budgets by a further £8 billion over the lifetime of the next Parliament, including an additional £1 billion for the first year.
  • Allow implementation of the principles of the Ethical Care Charter, already adopted in 28 council areas, ending 15-minute care visits and providing care workers with paid travel time, access to training and an option to choose regular hours.
  • Increase the Carer’s Allowance by an extra £10 a week – a 17% increase – for unpaid full-time carers to align the benefit with rates of the Jobseeker’s Allowance.
  • Lay the foundations of a National Care Service for England. The National Care Service will:
    • be built alongside the NHS, with a shared requirement for single commissioning, partnership arrangements, pooled budgets and joint working arrangements.
    • build capacity to move quickly towards a joined-up service that will signpost users to all the appropriate services at the gateway through which they arrive.
    • require an additional £3 billion of public funds every year, enough to place a maximum limit on lifetime personal contributions to care costs, raise the asset threshold below which people are entitled to state support, and provide free end of life care. There are different ways the necessary monies can be raised.

Labour will seek consensus on a cross-party basis about how The National Care Service should be funded, with options including wealth taxes, an employer care contribution, or a new social care levy.

  • Make the Minimum Wage a real Living Wage of at least £10 an hour.

Download the Labour Manifesto 2017


Liberal Democrats

  • A Housing Investment Bank to generate funding for new homes.
  • An immediate 1p rise on the basic, higher and additional rates of Income Tax to raise £6 billion additional revenue which would be ring-fenced to be spent only on NHS and social care services and directed to pripority areas; social care, primary care (and other out-of-hospital care), mental health and public health. 
  • In the longer term and as a replacement for the 1p Income Tax rise, commission the development of a dedicated Health and Care Tax on the basis of wide consultation, possibly based on a reform of National Insurance contributions, which will bring together spending on both services into a collective budget and sets out transparently, on people’s payslips, what we spend on them.
  • Establish a cross-party health and social care convention, bringing together stakeholders from all political parties, patients groups, the public, and professionals from within the health and social care system to carry out a comprehensive review of the longer-term sustainability of the health and social care finances and workforce, and the practicalities of greater integration. Devolved administrations to be a part of this work.
  • Introduce a statutory independent budget monitoring agency for health and care, similar to the Office for Budget Responsibility. This would report every three years on how much money the system needs to deliver safe and sustainable treatment and care, and how much is needed to meet the costs of projected increases in demand and any new initiatives – to ensure any changes in services are properly costed and affordable.
  • Longer-term objective will be to bring together NHS and social care into one seamless service – pooling budgets in every area by 2020 and developing integrated care organisations
  • Make waiting times for mental health care match those for physical health care.
  • Limit the amount elderly people have to pay for social care.
  • Guarantee the rights of all NHS and social care service staff, who are EU nationals, the right to stay in the UK.
  • End the public sector pay freeze for NHS workers.
  • Reinstate student nurse bursaries.
  • Support innovation in how organisations can empower staff and patients, including learning from innovative social enterprises delivering community and mental health services.
  • Protect NHS whistle-blowers.
  • Produce a national workforce strategy, to counter shortage of GPs, hospital doctors, nurses and other NHS professionals.

Download the LibDem manifesto


UKIP

Awaiting manifesto.


Other parties