Barbara recently chaired a discussion event at the TUC on the future funding of social care. Andrew Dilnot, who chaired the Government’s Commission on the Funding of Care and Support, was the keynote speaker at the event. The other speakers on the panel were Professor Paul Beresford of Brunel University and Allison Roche, Officer for Social Care at UNISON.
The panel at the seminar spoke about the major issues in the funding of social care, now and in the future. Barbara and the panel then took questions from people attending at the TUC and from people following the discussion online.
“Social Care is an important issue in Salford and across the country, so I was pleased to take part in this event discussing how it might be funded in future. More people work in social care than in the NHS and more than 1 in 10 of my constituents is providing care to a family member or friend. But the funding of social care is not raised much by constituents with me as their MP.
“We should celebrate the fact that people are living longer but it means that more of us will live with a long term-condition and we will need social care and support. Most people don’t realise that social care is not free and some families can end up paying very high costs for care. They often have to use all their savings and assets to do that.
“It is time we had a proper debate across the country on this important issue and got Government Ministers to see how important it is to make the right decisions on care funding.”