After Theresa May’s U-turn on her ‘Dementia Tax’ during the election, all over the country people were talking about the importance of social care.
Children born today are estimated to live up to 104 years of age. This combined with our already ageing population means we cannot put this urgent issue on the shelf and must push the government for better long-term solutions.
During the election, I stood on a manifesto that promised an extra £8 billion to tackle the immediate financial gap in social care. This would be enough to ensure care staff are paid the National Living Wage and extend publicly funded social care to 36,000 people with the highest needs.
The government must commit to reversing the privatisation of our NHS, return our health service into expert public control, and repeal the Health and Social Care Act which puts profits before patients.