November 30, 2021, 20:13

    Carer says ‘I’ll believe him when I see it’ after meeting with Boris Johnson

    Carer says ‘I’ll believe him when I see it’ after meeting with Boris Johnson

    A care worker said "I'll believe it when I see it", after meeting Boris Johnson last night to discuss his plan on social care.

    The Prime Minister invited dozens of social care workers last night to Downing Street, to enjoy a reception in recognition of their work during the pandemic, the Mirror has learned.

    Hard-working health staff enjoyed a selection of canapes and wine as they shared their struggles of working on the frontline with each other and officials.

    The PM made a short appearance, keen to thank each of them for their hard work.

    Cabinet Ministers also made an appearance at the reception to speak to social care workers individually and ask them for their thoughts at the reception.

    Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer slammed the PM for taxing the poor in his new social care cap reforms

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    Victoria Pook, a care provider from the Isle of Wight said it was lovely to receive "just a little bit" of recognition for their hard work.

    She told the Mirror: "Ministers asked me for my thoughts on the (Health and Care) bill. They insisted they're doing all they can to help the sector, investing billions.

    "But I'll believe it when I see it, and I'll believe it when the changes are actually happening.

    "It's okay for us to see them all debating about social care everyday but it's the real changes that we need. The money needs to come to frontline providers soon."

    Deputy care home manager Sijin was left emotional after the reception.

    "It was really nice and great of him to drop by. But there are still a lot of challenges we care providers are facing.

    "Cases are on the rise and we're just trying to do our best to keep our users safe, but we are struggling."

    The PM is expected to face a battle with peers over his health and social care reforms after they cleared the House of Commons following another sizeable rebellion.

    He narrowly got MPs to back his new policy to cap care costs in England although ministers were unable to say whether the change to the £86,000 cap on care costs would fulfil an election pledge to guarantee no-one would have to sell their home to pay for care.

    Critics of the policy have warned the move to count only individual payments towards the cap, and not local authority contributions, would cost poorer recipients more in assets than the wealthy.

    Labour leader Keir Starmer accused the PM of fronting a “pickpocketing operation” to introduce a “working-class dementia tax” via his social care reforms.

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