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[11/05/2021 | No comment]
After almost two years of broken promises on social care reform, the Government have once again failed to bring forward details of their plans on social care. Today’s Queens Speech announced that reform would be ‘brought forward’ – but gave no detail on what this would look like.
 
Social care is as much a part of our infrastructure as the roads and the railways, and if we are to build a better Britain as we emerge from this pandemic, we need a 10-year plan for investment and reform.
 
I outlined Labour’s plans for social care reform in a speech to ADASS conference last month – read it here.
[29/04/2021 | No comment]

As part of my speech at the Association of Directors of Adult Social Services Spring Conference, I am today calling for social care to be treated as part of Britain’s infrastructure, treating it the same way we would the roads and railways. If you neglect your country’s physical infrastructure, you get roads full of potholes, and buckling bridges. The same is true if you fail to invest in social infrastructure like care.

We need a ten-year plan of investment and reform to transform the lives of older and disabled people, as part of our plans to make Britain the best country in which to grow old. Our aim isn’t just to fix the crisis in social care, as the Prime Minister has called for. It is to transform support for all those who need social care, and enable older and disabled people to live the life they want to choose. 

Under Labour’s plans for social care, we will:

  • Take a ‘home-first’ approach, increasing the use of early help and technology to ensure people can live in their own home for as long as possible.
  • Empower care users and their families by giving them greater say and control on services.
  • Deliver a new deal for frontline care workers, to transform pay, training and working conditions.
  • Build partnerships with families, where Government backs unpaid carers to look after their loved ones
  • Join up health and social care services, to deliver a ‘one person, one team, one system’ approach.

Read more on LabourList, and in the Telegraph.

You can read my full speech on Labour’s website.

 

[23/04/2021 | No comment]

Image of Liz speaking in the debate

Yesterday I spoke in the Westminster Hall debate on ‘social care and the Covid-19 outbreak’. For all of us, the tragedy in social care during this pandemic will stay with us for the rest of our lives. Over 41,000 care home residents have died from coronavirus, and a third of all coronavirus deaths have been of people living with dementia. Those with learning disabilities have been six times more likely to die from Covid-19 than the general population, and care workers were twice as likely to die during the first wave, compared to the rest of the population.

We cannot let social care go back to business as usual. The pandemic struck at a time when social care was already overstretched and undervalued. Local authority care budgets have been cut by £8bn in real terms since 2010, and this has pushed many to breaking point.

Now is the time to transform social care services and support. We need a long-term settlement that supports older and disabled people to live the life they choose. We need to transform the pay, terms, training and conditions of the care workforce. And we also need to create real partnerships between the government and families provide unpaid care to loved ones. The government needs to bring forward plans for social care reform, and ensure this important issue does not go unforgotten.

Read my full speech in Hansard.

[09/03/2021 | No comment]

Today I spoke in the final day of Budget debates in Parliament. I argued that reforming social care is a matter of social justice and an economic necessity, and that the governments failure to grasp this fact is undermining growth, productivity and the need to get value for taxpayers’ money – all of which are essential with family finances and the public finances under such strain.

The Prime Minister stood on the steps of Downing Street in July 2019 and promised a plan to ‘fix’ social care. 18 months later, this plan is still nowhere to be seen. The Government must now bring forward their plans to fix social care without delay – we do not have a moment to lose.

You can read my full speech here.

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