Lack of cross-party consensus preventing green paper, says Hancock

The Secretary of State for Health and Social Care Matt Hancock

Parliamentary logjam and a lack of cross-party consensus are the reasons why the social care green paper has not been published, Matt Hancock has said.

Addressing the Local Government Association annual conference in Bournemouth yesterday (Thursday 4 July) the health and social care secretary said the government was committed to publishing the document.

He told the conference: ‘Of course, we need a sustainable long-term solution to the funding of social care. The best solutions to these sorts of long-term problems are cross party, and social care has been bedevilled by a failure to build a cross party consensus.’

‘It’s not the first time narrow partisan politics has got in the way of a solution but let us hope it’s the last.’

During the speech he admitted social care had not received the attention and support that it deserved and said ‘direct taxpayer funding’ would be part of the solution.