Social care in Parliament

The Houses of Parliament

Yesterday in the House of Commons, the Labour Party introduced a debate about funding gaps in social care.

Speaking for the Labour Party, Barbara Keeley MP (Shadow Health Minister) said that the current and future challenges for social care in England are not being addressed.

She told MPs that 1.2 million people aren’t getting the care they need and that unpaid carers are having to do even more.

Ms Keeley said the government should commit to extra funding for social care for 2017 and the remaining years of this Parliament. She also called on the government to focus on the care needs of people of a working age as well as older people.

“Key priority for this government”

Responding for the government, Jackie Doyle-Price MP (Minister for Care and Mental Health) said that social care continues to be a “key priority for this government”.

Importantly, she said that alongside a government consultation on social care in the New Year, ministers will look into the needs of working age people who depend on care.

Work together?

But MPs from both main parties told the debate no progress would be made on the issue unless MPs from all sides of the Commons worked together.

A step in the right direction

On the debate, our Director of External Affairs, Genevieve Edwards said:

“We’re pleased the government has finally acknowledged the need to look at social care for younger disabled people, but there must be a proper consultation with both younger and older people about changes to social care that affect them.

“Conditions like MS can start from a young age and progress differently for each person – your needs and goals do not suddenly change on your 65th birthday.

“There’s also a danger that social care for working-age adults is viewed simply as a means of getting more people into work. Some disabled people can no longer work because of their condition, and rely on social care to support help them with essential activities and to live independently.

“It’s not right that one in three people with MS aren’t getting the most basic support to help them wash, dress and eat. Social care urgently needs to be fixed for everyone who needs it, no matter how old they are.”

Tell the government: we need action

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