New research says over-45s believe delays to social care reforms undermined fight against Covid-19


New research from Just Group finds that the majority (56%) of over-45s believe that delays to reforming social care hampered the response against Covid-19. Nearly two-thirds of over-75s also say that they are more likely to seek care in their own homes following the Covid-19 crisis rather than in a residential setting. Further details in the attached release.


The research also finds strong party political allegiances when it comes to people’s confidence in Boris Johnson to push through care reforms. Nine in 10 of those who think he will produce a social care policy this Parliament were Conservative voters, while 83% of those who are not confident voted for other parties.


Stephen Lowe, group communications director at Just Group, commented: “Every year our report sheds light on the understanding and attitudes of the over-45s towards adult social care.


“Later life care has for years been the elephant in the room for families – an issue they have found easier to ignore than address. Politicians are reinforcing this by promising reforms but never delivering.


“In the wake of Coronavirus, we desperately need our policymakers to reinvigorate the debate and to lead the way towards a system that helps people look ahead with confidence rather than trepidation.”


Further details in Just Group’s eighth annual Care Report – Coronavirus: Can the catastrophe be a catalyst?


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