Kerry McCarthy Labour MP for Bristol East
There wasn’t much time to speak in this week’s Queen’s Speech debate, but I briefly managed to raise the urgent need for social care reform. Almost two years ago, the Government said it had its plan for social care ready to go. However, it is still dragging its feet and these proposed changes have again been omitted from this year’s Queen’s Speech.
As Dementia Action Week 2021 reaches a close, I have called upon the Government to take action, as those reliant on social care in Bristol East and their families can’t afford to wait much longer for these much-needed fixes to our social care system.
A Labour government would fix our social care system by:
• Joining up health and social care services
• Empowering care service users and their families to live the life they choose, giving them a greater say on their future with a ‘home-first’ approach
• Providing a New Deal for frontline care workers to transform their pay and working conditions
• Backing unpaid carers who look after their loved ones.