Barbara has spoken out against the Government’s failure to reform the funding of social care. The Conservative-led Government has now gone back on its promise to bring forward a better method of funding social care in this Parliamentary year.
Most care organisations say the funding of social care is in crisis. The Government’s failure to tackle this funding crisis for social care means that it could be two years or more before there is a Bill in Parliament on this issue.
Barbara, who is Chair of the All-Party Group on Social Care, said:
“There are more than 20,000 unpaid family carers in Salford, many of whom are struggling with a heavy burden of care. Government budget cuts have pushed social care into crisis and too many people are getting inadequate care. Families can face catastrophic levels of costs for residential care. They have to sell family homes to pay for the care that elderly people need.
“I asked the Prime Minister what he would say to the people his Government has let down but he did not give me a proper answer. The Conservative-led Government is out of touch with this crisis in social care. I urge them to re-consider and to bring forward a reform Bill in the next year, as they promised they would.”