Barbara Keeley MP

LABOUR MEMBER OF PARLIAMENT FOR WORSLEY AND ECCLES SOUTH

Barbara questions Minister on social care reforms

Barbara yesterday pressed Health Secretary Alan Johnson for an assurance that the Government’s new social care reforms will benefit those already receiving social care support, as well as new applicants.

The Social Care Concordat, announced last week, will secure more than £500 million for people to take control of their own social care budgets, providing those receiving social care with more power over their own care than ever before.

Barbara has welcomed the package and also asked during Health Questions in the House of Commons Chamber for further assurances about how the new funding will work:

“The £500 million extra funding in the social care reform grant announced last week as part of the personalised adult social care arrangements is very welcome, but will those already receiving social care be able to benefit from personalised care as well as new applicants. Also, what advice and support will be available to help them make their choices?”

Health Secretary Alan Johnson responded by confirming that people already in the system will benefit from the Social Care Concordat:

“I can reassure my Honourable Friend that those already in receipt of social care will qualify for payments from the social care grant – and £520 million is, of course, ring-fenced. Before we begin the process, we need to consult local authorities. The Local Government Association was one of the 12 organisations – six Government Departments were also among the number – that signed up to the concordat. We have to ensure that the money is accessed properly. There is also an element of advice and guidance to it, not just for people who receive social care, but for self-funders who sometimes find getting good-quality advice and guidance very difficult. Taken together, all this will mean a transformation of adult social care for present users as well as for those coming into the system in the future.”

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