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[07/12/2021 | No comment]

 

Last week I met with social care professionals who work in the Wirral in a event organised by the Labour MP for Wirral South, Alison McGovern. It’s always so important to hear from people working on the frontline of social care to fully understand the issues that we face. 

There were some incredibly moving contributions from people who, obviously love their jobs, but are being pushed to breaking point by underfunding, staff shortages and a complete lack of integration with the NHS.

The most important message to come out of the meeting was that the crisis in social care is here now and that action is needed straight away. Labour is calling for a 10 year plan of investment and reform to transform social care. Crucial to this is a new deal for care workers that will deliver the pay, training, terms and conditions they deserve. 

You can read more about Labour’s vision for social care here. 

[30/11/2021 | No comment]

Last week I met with Cllr Ben Coleman and Lisa Redfern from Hammersmith and Fulham Council. Cllr Coleman is the Cabinet Member for Health and Adult Social Care in Hammersmith and Fulham and Lisa is the Director of Adult Social Care for the council. 

It was a really interesting meeting discussing some of the great work that has been done in Hammersmith and Fulham since the council became Labour controlled in 2014. 

We talked about the free home care policy provided by the council and Labour’s approach nationally to social care.

Labour councils face huge challenges after a decade of cuts to their budgets and the Government’s ongoing failure to support social care, but they continue to do amazing work for the people they represent. 

 

 

 

[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.

 

 

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