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We need a long-term care plan

May 14, 2018 7:10 PM
By Rugby Lib Dems

Responding to the publication of a House of Commons Committee report on 9 May 2018 which highlights an underfunded adult social care sector Liberal Democrats have called for a long-term plan to fund the increasing demand for care.

The care sector is in a precarious state, but the Department of Health and Social Care has not yet said how it intends to put in place a long-term, sustainable funding regime to meet the ever-increasing demand for care.

In March 2017, the Communities and Local Government Committee concluded that "the need to find a way to fund social care for the long term has now become urgent" and recommended considering using national taxation as a new source of funding.

Liberal Democrat Spokesperson Layla Moran MP said:

"Care workers work tirelessly but instead of getting the support they need they face low pay, falling morale and a high turnover of staff. The country is in desperate need for a long-term plan to fund the increasing demand for care. That is why the Liberal Democrats propose putting a penny on income tax to raise the transformational investment needed to support care workers and protect the future of care services."

Adult Social Care Workforce inquiry