[19/10/2020 | No comment]

Today I met with the Women’s Budget Group – an organisation monitoring the impact of government policies on gender equality. We discussed the work they have been doing on social care, and their recent research on creating a caring economy.

We agreed that care is vital to recovering the economy, and will play a big role in rebuilding the country following coronavirus.

Care workers and family carers are exhausted, and we urgently need a long-term plan for social care to make sure that our carers can keep going through these challenging times.

[16/10/2020 | No comment]

I spoke to LBC about the Data Analysis Bureau’s latest study, which suggests that a fifth of care home residents have not been tested for Covid-19 since May.

We need to sort the testing system for our care homes, for our residents and for staff. Of all the places you would have thought should have been prioritised by the Government, it is care homes after the horror we saw at the start of the virus. We’re still not there, and that is a serious problem.

Read more online at LBC.

[13/10/2020 | No comment]


I spoke to Holly and Phil on This Morning last week about the urgent need for family visits to resume in care homes. Labour are calling for family visitors to be treated as ‘key workers’, with access to regular testing and PPE, to recognise the role family members have in supporting care home residents’ mental health and wellbeing.

The Government’s own Carers Advisory Group highlighted the importance of resuming these visits – but the Government have not made this a priority.

You can watch the full clip on ITV Hub.

[06/10/2020 | No comment]
I asked the Minister for Care what’s being done to ensure safe care home visits from families. 
Visits from loved ones are essential to the health of care home residents. The Government now need to follow the advice of their own Carers Advisory Group and put in place regular testing for family members visiting care homes, as well as lifting the blanket ban on care home visits in lockdown areas.

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