Social care plan will help just a tenth of UK’s older people in need
Campaigners say proposals fail to tackle unmet needs in a sector already in crisis, while ‘red wall’ MPs fear a backlash from voters
Boris Johnson’s flagship plan to fix social care will benefit a fraction of the people who need help, the Observer can disclose, as charities and campaigners urge ministers to act now or see thousands being left without any care at all.
After it comes into effect in 2023, the new policy will directly help about 150,000 more people at any one time, according to government documents. But already about 850,000 older people who receive care have at least some of the cost paid by local authorities.