Boris Johnson ready to recommit to a social care overhaul in the Queen’s Speech

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Editorial use only. MANDATORY CREDIT: UK PARLIAMENT/JESSICA TAYLOR HANDOUT /NO SALES Mandatory Credit: Photo by JESSICA TAYLOR/UK PARLIAMENT HANDOUT/EPA-EFE/Shutterstock (11879559c) A handout photograph released by the UK Parliament shows British Prime Minister Boris Johnson during the Prime Minister's Questions (PMQs) in the House of Commons in London, Britain, 28 April 2021. PMQs at Parliament, London, United Kingdom - 28 Apr 2021 - JESSICA TAYLOR/UK PARLIAMENT

Boris Johnson will recommit to overhauling social care in the Queen’s Speech on Tuesday, The Telegraph understands, but almost no details about how that will be achieved will be revealed.

The speech, to be delivered by Her Majesty, in its current draft includes the words “proposals on social care will be brought forward" or similar, according to a well-placed Government source.

However, despite Mr Johnson’s election win being almost 18 months old no briefing about what reforms the Government actually wants to see enacted is expected.

It will lead to renewed complaints of the 'can being kicked down the road', with debate about the urgent need for social care reform having been a feature of Westminster politics for a decade.

Government ministers are locked in disagreement about the best course of action for reforming state support for the elderly and those most in need.

The Prime Minister is said to favour a decade-old proposal from Sir Andrew Dilnot, a social care expert, that would cap lifetime care costs for individuals at between £25,000 and £50,000.

But the Treasury is concerned about the cost implications of such a plan, with Mr Johnson and Rishi Sunak, the Chancellor, having discussed possible solutions recently. Michael Gove, the Cabinet Office minister, said that proposals were on their way and would be “heading” for becoming law within the next eight months.

Mr Gove told Times Radio: "We're working to make sure that we have an effective social care plan at the moment. That work is going on. "So, by the end of the year you will have a specific social care plan that is heading for the statute books at the very least.”

The Queen’s Speech is the moment when a Government outlines its legislative program at the beginning of a new parliament.

An address outlining the bills to be tabled before Parliament is read out by Her Majesty, though the speech is drawn up in close consultation with the Government.

A national security bill to make it easier to crack down on foreign agents in the UK and a sovereign borders bill toughening up the asylum system are expected to be announced.

So too bills that will set legally binding environmental targets, change planning laws to give developers more ability to build, and give more rights to the victims of crime.

The social care proposals are expected to be mentioned within the context of an NHS reform bill which will see a merging of local community services with the nationwide system.

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