Conservatives reportedly commit to ensuring no one will have to sell their home to cover care costs Health Foundation response to Conservatives’ promise no one will have to sell their home to pay for social care

21 November 2019

Responding to today’s pledge by the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, Hugh Alderwick, Assistant Director of Policy at the Health Foundation, said:

‘The adult social care system in England is currently failing some of the most vulnerable people in society and needs fundamental reform. The government repeatedly promised then delayed proposals on social care reform since 2017 – and Boris Johnson promised to ‘fix the crisis in social care once and for all’ in his first speech as prime minister. Yet reports emerging this morning suggest that the Conservative party does not have a plan for social care reform beyond establishing a cross-party commission.

‘While cross-party consensus will be critical to any reform succeeding, there is a clear risk that there will be further delay and no hard decisions taken for the future. Meanwhile more and more people will go without the care they need. It is reported that the Conservatives will commit to ensuring that in future no one has to sell their home to cover care costs, but without any detail of how this will be funded it is impossible to judge what the trade-offs may be.’

Media contact

Simon Perry
020 7257 2093


General Election 2019

Our views and analysis on health and social care from the 2019 General Election.

Further reading

Long read

What should be done to fix the crisis in social care?

About 15 mins to read

Five messages for government about priorities and options for social care reform in England.


Event: What will it take to fix social care?

We hosted a breakfast seminar on Thursday 21 November at which the options for reforming the adult...


How are the political promises for health and social care stacking up?

30 October 2019

Ahead of a general election, Jennifer Dixon looks at what the parties have pledged so far.

You might also like...

Press release

Under today’s immigration proposals, social care will still be left high and dry

Health Foundation response to further details of plan for a points-based immigration system.

Press release

The NHS will not be able to restart all of its services at once and difficult decisions will have to be made

Health Foundation response to NHS England's monthly performance statistics.

Press release

Bolder action needed on levelling up agenda

Health Foundation response to the Chancellor's measures to support the UK's recovery from the...

Kjell-bubble-diagramArtboard 101 copy

Get social

We're looking for a supplier to support the design, development and delivery of a UK-wide #NHSanchors Learning Netw…

Follow us on Twitter
Kjell-bubble-diagramArtboard 101

Work with us

We look for talented and passionate individuals as everyone at the Health Foundation has an important role to play.

View current vacancies
Artboard 101 copy 2

The Q community

Q is an initiative connecting people with improvement expertise across the UK.

Find out more