Barbara Keeley MP


Barbara responds to the Queen’s Speech

QueenBarbara has welcomed the agenda for the next parliamentary session, as announced in the Queen’s speech.

Barbara said:

“I am particularly pleased that the Equality Bill is in the programme of new bills. When times are tough it is even more important for the Government to take action to ensure people are not discriminated against for any reason. The Equality Bill will simplify discrimination law and make it easier for people to know what public bodies like local councils and NHS Trusts are doing in terms of equal pay and employment of people who are disabled or from black and minority ethnic communities.

“I also welcome the commitment to reform social care through the Health Bill. As well as creating an NHS Constitution, the Bill will pay for social care themselves on a similar footing to users of adult social care paid for by local councils. Changes will also be made so that people who pay for their own care will also be able to complain to the Local Government Ombudsman if there are problems with their care. These measures mean all users of care services are being treated in the same way.”

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