Steve opens discussion about the future of social care

Steve says there needs to be more public involvement in the future design of social care services

 

In July, the Government finally published its long-awaited White Paper, Caring for our Future, and the draft Care and Support Bill. Many ideas have been welcomed and build upon previous commissions and work originally undertaken by the last Labour Government. Most agree that long term care of elderly people is an issue which needs cross-party consensus to work and be sustainable for the future.

The Government hopes to implement its plans in 2015 although there is currently no agreement on how it will be funded. The Prime Minister has suggested a cap on the total cost of care paid by an individual but the White Paper does not address the issue.

Steve wants to open an initial dialogue with constituents about this very important issue ahead of a constituency-wide consultation later this year. He is particularly interested in the views of users, relatives, providers and carers.

He said:

“There have been some absolute horror stories in the news recently about abuse and lack of care. I’ve noticed an increase in the number of constituents who contact me to share concerns about elderly relatives.

“Some care home owners tell me it is becoming virtually impossible to provide decent services with the fees they receive, especially with rising food bills and energy costs. When I talk to organisations that work with older people they all express anxiety about what the future might hold.

“As well as reaching a cross-party consensus on the issue I think it is extremely important that the people using these services agree that the reforms are fair and the burden is shared across society.”

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