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[22/11/2021 | No comment]

Earlier today I spoke with Gloria de Piero on GB News about the Government’s proposed changes to the cap on care costs.

Right now, ordinary people are seeing a rise in their taxes, without seeing anything back for it. They are not seeing a single extra minute of care for those who need it, and they are certainly not seeing family homes protecting from catastrophic care costs.

The poorest are going to be taxed more, to protect the wealthy.

Labour are calling for a ten-year plan of investment and reform. We need more money in the system – but we also need change.

Watch my full interview online.

[18/11/2021 | No comment]

Earlier this week I spoke at a brilliant virtual roundtable organised by New Local and Social Care Future- two organisations that are campaigning for people who have lived experience of social care to be essential in shaping its future. You can read more about the work of New Local here and Social Care Future here

The event was to discuss how community power can create a brighter social care future. I made the point that social care has to be funded nationally, but delivered locally. Crucial to this is politicians recognising communities know best and empowering them to shape the services they want to see in their area. The social care reform we need to see won’t get anywhere unless we do this.

We also discussed how we need to change the narrative on social care and start to see it differently. It isn’t about doing things “to” or “for” people, or just about helping them get up, washed, dressed & fed. At its best, social care is about ensuring we can all live in the place we call home, with the people we love, in communities that look out for one another, doing the things that matter most to us. Social Care Future have pioneered this vision, and it’s one a future Labour government will deliver.

 

 

[18/11/2021 | No comment]

Yesterday I spoke to BBC News about the new details we have discovered about how the cap on care costs will work. This small print, snuck out under a cloud of Tory sleaze, shows how much of a con the Prime Minister’s so-called ‘cap on care costs’ really is.

We already know most people won’t hit the cap because it doesn’t cover board and lodging in care homes, and that at £86,000 the cap would still mean many people will have to sell their homes to pay for their care – against everything Boris Johnson promised.

It’s now been revealed that the poorest pensioners will have to pay even more, something Andrew Dilnot – who proposed the cap – explicitly ruled out because it was so unfair. That this Tory Government has failed to be straight with those who’ve given so much to our country is a total disgrace, but utterly unsurprising. Our elderly people deserve better.

Read more in The Guardian and on BBC News.

[17/11/2021 | No comment]

The Government have today published the details of how their so-called cap on care costs will work. This small print, sneaked out today under a cloud of Tory sleaze, shows Boris Johnson’s so-called cap on care costs is an event bigger con than we initially thought.

We already know most people won’t hit the cap because it doesn’t cover board and lodging in care homes, and that at £86,000 the cap would still mean many people will have to sell their homes to pay for their care – against everything the Prime Minister promised.

It has now been revealed that the poorest pensioners will have to pay even more, something Andrew Dilnot – who proposed the cap – explicitly ruled out because it was so unfair. That this Tory Government has failed to be straight with those who’ve given so much to our country is a total disgrace, but utterly unsurprising. Our elderly people deserve better.

Read more in the Independent.

 

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