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[29/03/2021 | No comment]

All care homes in England have now been offered the vaccine. However, there are still a number of elderly people who haven’t been reached by vaccine teams.

The Government promised that all over-80s would be vaccinated by mid-February, and yet in some places up to one in four elderly people are yet to receive their jab. Many of these people will be frail, living alone, or housebound, and will be extremely worried about missing out on the vaccine.

Ministers must set out a clear plan to increase uptake, working with care providers, local councils and families to ensure the easiest possible access for those who are yet to be vaccinated.

Read more in the Daily Mail.

[23/03/2021 | No comment]

I spoke to BBC Radio 4 Today about the urgent need for social care reform a year on from the start of the first lockdown. More than 31,000 care home residents have died from Covid-19 so far. This is a much higher proportion than in many other countries. As we look to build a better future for our country, we must address the flaws in the social care system and give social care the same level of priority as the NHS.

[22/03/2021 | No comment]

It’s extremely disappointing that the Supreme Court came to this decision. Care workers do a highly skilled and difficult role and they should be paid fairly for every hour of the work they do.

Crucially, no care workers should see their pay fall as a result of this ruling and it is imperative that the Government and works with care providers and trade unions to ensure this is the case.

The long legal process that came before this judgement has shown the law around sleep in shifts is out of date, unfair and in urgent need of updating. This must form a part of the social care reforms we expect from Ministers later this year.

Read more on Sky News.

[19/03/2021 | No comment]

 

I recently spoke in a Westminster Hall Debate to mark ‘World Social Work Day 2021’. I thanked the 100,000 social workers in the UK, including the 320 in Leicester, for their hard work, passion and commitment to supporting people in our communities. 

Social workers have faced huge additional pressures during the pandemic which have added to the challenges brought about by a decade of cuts to council budgets totalling £8 billion. The Government must better support social workers and the people they support. I talked about 3 important ways it can do this.  

First, the Government must act to tackle the disgraceful rates of poverty in our country which mean a staggering 40% of children in parts of Leicester West are growing up poor. We know that most parents in poverty are doing their very best, but for those who are already struggling, poverty can make things so much harder.  

Second, the Government must finally act on the unacceptable level of people with learning disabilities and autism living in hospital settings due to a lack of community care.  

Finally, over 18 months since he promised he had a plan for fixing adult social care, the PM must now bring forward his proposals for social care reform.  

Social workers will know all too well the impact of the Government’s failures in each of these areas. They deserve better.

You can read my full speech here or watch it here

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