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[06/06/2022 | No comment]

 

Today marks the start of Carers Week. Carers Week is an annual campaign ran by Carers UK to raise awareness of the work done by the more than 6.5 million unpaid carers in the UK who care for a loved one with an illness, disability or other support need.   

Without unpaid carers, our social care system would collapse. Liz has long argued that transforming support for carers must be at the heart of any plan for social care reform. Yet the Government’s plans to “fix the crisis in social care”, by hiking people’s national insurance contributions during a cost of living crisis, will do nothing to support the millions of carers who are seeing their own health and finances suffer because of their caring responsibilities. You can see Liz’s response to the Government’s social care proposals here  

Last year, Liz marked Carers Week by working with local services in Leicester to better identify and support unpaid carers in the city. She wrote about this work in the Leicester Mercury.  

This year, Carers Week is focused on making caring visible, valued and supported.  More details are available here, and if you want to get involved in the activities organised by the Leicestershire and Rutland Carers Centre, please follow this link to find out more information.  

If you are currently looking after a loved one, even just for a few hours a week, help is out there to support you –  visit Help and advice on caring – Carers UK or contact The Carers Centre at 0116 2510999 or enquiries {at} thecarerscentre.org(.)uk

[12/01/2022 | No comment]

I wrote for the Yorkshire Post about what the Tories have got wrong with their so-called ‘reform’ to social care, and how Labour would fix it.

Under the Prime Minister’s plans, if you own a £1m home, more than 90 per cent of your assets are protected. If you own a home worth £100,000, you could lose almost everything.

That means that a homeowner living somewhere like Grimsby or Halifax would be at risk of losing two thirds of their assets if they needed care. Millions of working people are being asked to pay more tax, not to improve their family’s care, or stop their life savings being wiped out, but to protect the homes of the wealthy.

This working-class dementia tax is unfair, it’s wrong, and will not fix the very real issues facing social care today.

Read the full oped in the Yorkshire Post.

[16/12/2021 | No comment]

Yesterday, I had a brilliant virtual meeting with the Slough co-production network. We talked about the great work they have been doing locally and how this can help shape the social care reform that is so badly needed nationally.  

The Slough co-production network is made up of local residents with experience of health and social care services and professionals working in social care. Together, they design and reform local services so they can deliver the best outcomes for the people who use these services.

By empowering local people to shape social care in their area, the Slough co-production network are transforming the way services are delivered, including mental health services and services for unpaid carers.

In my experience of working in health and social care, the most powerful changes I have seen are when local people who use and deliver services are empowered to shape and design these services. This is at the heart of Labour’s vision for social care

 

[15/12/2021 | No comment]

Yesterday, I hosted a virtual meeting to discuss housing and social care. I was joined by labour councillors, charities working in social care and care providers. It was a really interesting discussion on how we improve the quality and availability of homes for older and disabled people.

Some of the key challenges that came up included the lack of housing choices for older and disabled people, regional inequalities in housing provision, and a lack of support in the community to help people stay in their own home.

I am a big believer in the Social Care Future Vision that “We all want to live in the place we call home with the people and things that we love, in communities where we look out for one another, doing the things that matter to us” This is at the heart of Labour’s vision to transform social care.

Meetings like this are an important part of making this vision a reality. 

 

 

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