Lords reform raises concerns for social care bill
Plans to reform elderly care look set to be downplayed when the government unveils its legislative programme for the next session of parliament today.
The Queen’s speech and subsequent debate is likely to be dominated by plans to reform the House of Lords, with social care proposals issued only in draft form or squeezed out entirely.
Bills on crime, pensions, libel law and banking are likely to be included in the speech, but campaigners fear last-minute plans to include a bill to establish an elected senate to replace the House of Lords will take the place of a social care bill.
Charity Age UK has been using social networking site Twitter to raise awareness of social care issues in their Care Can’t Wait campaign.
The government is due to publish a white paper on social care next month. It was expected to include the government’s reaction to the Dilnot report, which suggested capping the cost of care for an individual, but this may now be delayed further.
Yesterday a group of organisations working in the care sector published an open letter to prime minister David Cameron urging him to make tackling the problems in social care a priority for the government.