The future’s bright, alright?

Posted on June 25th, by geoff in Caring Times, CT blog. Comments Off on The future’s bright, alright?

By Caring Times editor GEOFF HODGSON

There has been a lot of debate about ‘hard’ and ‘soft’ borders of late (if it’s any help, I like my eggs somewhere between the two) and about ‘free movement’ – all I can say to that is perhaps put a few prunes in with the fruit salad. But perhaps I’m mistaking Brexit for breakfast. Easily done as I get a helping of both at exactly the same time each day; one from the fridge and the other from the radio and I confuse the crunch of my cornflakes with the Brexit serial.

What we haven’t heard much talk about is social care, which is great because it means the Government must be working on something really special for our sector: none of the token £20bn quick fixes they sling at the NHS.

What’s in store for us I wonder? A National Care Service which sidelines local authorities? A hypothecated tax that no one else can put their grubby mitts on? A government-funded campaign promoting the status of care workers on TV and on huge billboards around every major city? State-funded personal life coaches for everyone over 80?

Whatever they are planning must be pretty momentous. Why would they announce another delay to the release of the Green Paper unless they were planning something truly seismic in compass? The suggestion that they’ve run out of green paper is just fake news. I’m sure that, after all these years, we can now look forward to the question of public funding of social care being well and truly sorted. This will be the big one.

Won’t it?

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