[23/10/2018 | No comment]

This year is the 70th anniversary of the NHS. It is also the 70th anniversary of our social care system—but this has received far too little attention to date.

Yet social care is more important than ever before. A quarter of older people now need help with daily living—getting up, washed, dressed and fed. More adults with physical and learning disabilities need substantial packages of support. There are 1 million paid care workers and 6.5 million unpaid carers.

Despite the increased pressures in social care there has been a 10% cut in real terms in social care spending since 2010, with 400,000 fewer people getting any kind of help and support.

We need substantial extra funding to tackle these problems, and reforms to put users and families at the heart of the system. You can read my speech on these issues, as part of Labour’s opposition day debate on social care here.

[22/05/2018 | No comment]

On 14th May I spoke in a Westminster Hall debate on the inquiry into the Grenfell Tower fire. There has been an appalling lack of progress on rehousing those who lost their homes in this appalling tragedy. 74 households are still living in hotel rooms and 64 are in temporary accommodation. Much more must also be done to ensure the children affected by this tragedy receive the long-term support they need. The families affected must be put at the heart of the inquiry if we are going to get to the bottom of what happened. You can read the entire debate here.

[15/01/2018 | No comment]

On 10th January I gave a speech on the winter crisis in the NHS and why the Government must deliver a bold, 10-year strategy for health and social care services that has cross-party support.

You can watch my speech here, or read the whole debate here.

Earlier in the week, I questioned the Health Minister on who would be leading the Government’s work to reform social care.

You can watch my question here.

[20/12/2017 | No comment]

Why MPs should have a meaningful vote on the terms of the fina…

Giving MPs a meaningful vote on the final Brexit deal will allow Parliament to make sure we leave the EU on the best possible terms. Watch my speech from the debate this week, where I explain why this is so important

Posted by Liz Kendall on Friday, 15 December 2017

I recently gave a speech on why Parliament should have a meaningful vote on the initial Brexit withdrawal agreement and on the final deal about our future relationship with the EU.

Watch a video of my speech above or read the whole debate here.

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