[04/02/2021 | No comment]

I spoke at the Future Social Care Coalition‘s ‘Pay Fair for Care’ Rally on Wednesday.

Transforming social care is one of the biggest challenges of our generation. That’s why we need all frontline care staff to get the fair pay, terms, and conditions they desperately need.

1.2 million care staff are paid less than the real living wage. Over half of home care workers are on zero-hours contracts. We should not live in a society where frontline care workers have to depend on food banks rather than earning a decent wage. 

We must work together to achieve change, and I will continue to campaign for reforms to social care to make it better for workers, users and families.

Watch my speech from 22:05.


[22/01/2021 | No comment]

I spoke to a number of care homes this week about the vaccine roll-out in Leicester. It’s very worrying to hear that some homes haven’t been able to vaccinate all of their residents and staff. The Government promised that all care homes would be vaccinated by Sunday, and they must deliver on this.

While it is good news that over 56,000 people have been vaccinated in Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland, we are still in a race against time against this virus. The rise in care home outbreaks is concerning, and I will keep raising this with the Government and the NHS to make sure everything is being done to protect our care staff and residents.

Read more in the Leicester Mercury.


[13/01/2021 | No comment]

Yesterday I opened the General Debate on Covid-19 on behalf of the Labour Party. In this time, I raised the issue of the Government’s failure to act on social care, the pressures on carers, and the urgent need to vaccinate all care home staff and residents.

The Prime Minister has repeatedly failed to deliver promises to reform social care. While the vaccine may be a light at the end of the tunnel, we urgently need to see a plan to fix the sector. 

Read my speech online on Hansard.

[13/01/2021 | No comment]

The last month has seen a really worrying increase in the pressure on care homes. We cannot protect our NHS if we don’t protect social care – and the Government must spell out what support they’re providing.

I’ve written for PoliticsHome about what the social care sector needs to make it through coronavirus, and beyond.

Read the article online.

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