Start reform of social care now – open letter to the Prime Minister, Chancellor of the Exchequer & Secretary of State for Health & Social Care from social care leaders


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Start reform of social care now – open letter to the Prime Minister, Chancellor of the Exchequer & Secretary of State for Health & Social Care from social care leaders

I support this Open Letter and urge you to do so also.

Social Care has been in crisis for way too long and this Government and all previous Governments have totally ignored the continuing decline in Social Care, mainly due to lack of long term sustainable financing.

It is the poor relation of health, but they are both inter-related, for insufficient social care means that the call on health resourses will be greater.

Before COVID there was a need for much better financing, but COVID has only made it much worse.

This can’t be ignored any longer and immediate action has to be taken now. So please support by sharing

Dear Prime Minister, Boris Johnson MP, Chancellor of the Exchequer, Rishi Sunak MP and Secretary of State for Health & Social Care, Matt Hancock MP

SOCIAL CARE REFORM

We are writing as leaders of organisations that represent adult social care nationally to urge the Government to act now on reform of England’s social care system and publish its proposals before the Summer Recess. In common with all people who draw on care and support, and colleagues working across social care, we are clear that the time to deliver reform is now. Reform must be underpinned by a positive vision: ‘We all want to live in the place we call home with the people and things that we love, in communities where we look out for one another, doing the things that matter to us’, as Social Care Future put it.

Transforming social care so that it is sustainable and helps…

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Britain’s welfare state: A return to the Tudor Era


This is the reality of 2020 and in many respects we have gone back to 1494, but it is not too late and make 2020 the year of change where there is full and real equality and not just a word that is spoken, but not meant.

This is not a sudden reversal to 1494 for it started some many years ago, well before 2010, but the last 10 years have been the worst.

Welfare benefits need to be reshaped to help those in need and not used as a punishment.

Social Care needs immediate funding to at least bring it back to 2010, which then was not sufficient.

It should not be seen as a crime to be disabled, to be poor, to be sick, etc for anyone of us, could be there tomorrow, if not today.

Boris needs to take this on board, Now, for to not do so, will create even more deaths than have been occurring and making a crisis in Social Care an even bigger crisis in health.

Health care has, over the last 10 years been continued to be funded, perhaps not to the degree as it should have been, but the drastic underfunding, or no funding for Social Care is causing more problems for health.

Whether we want it or not Social and Health care are very inter-related.

I now refer you to

Pease could I mention that the forthcoming Budget is an important opportunity to address the crucial issue of funding for Social Care, but will it.

Boris has promised, but will he keep his promise and even if money is made available will it be sufficient.

Boris has now mentioned it will take 5 years to get the funding, Social Care can not wait that long.

Boris needs to be told this is not good enough, so it is essential we keep the pressure on Boris and my petition ‘Solve the crisis in Social Care could be the means.

Please see below

We now have the New Year 2020.

However, if the ‘Crisis in Social Care’ is not Solved soon there will not be many more New Years for the care, required for persons in need of care, to be provided by Local Authorities due to their lack of funding.

This will then have a much greater impact on health care provision, which is itself in crisis.

I have therefore created my latest petition, please follow the link

https://you.38degrees.org.uk/petitions/solve-the-crisis-in-social-care

For more information please follow the link

https://www.dropbox.com/s/w0f2skyxy37udqb/Solve%20the%20crisis%20in%20Social%20Care.docx?dl=0

Ryan Shorthouse and Anvar Sarygulov: We need more migrants to become citizens | Conservative Home


Doing so would improve social integration, enhance the contribution that migrants make, and allay public discontent over immigration.

Source: Ryan Shorthouse and Anvar Sarygulov: We need more migrants to become citizens | Conservative Home

Johnson won’t scrap HS2, but his review could make a big offer to the North | Conservative Home


This week’s newspapers carried the intriguing suggestion that Boris Johnson might re-order the construction of High Speed Two so that the railway’s northern sections are constructed first.

The new review of HS2 ordered by Grant Shapps, the Transport Secretary, is theoretically empowered to make a decision on whether or not to proceed with it at all.

Yet whilst the idea of scrapping it altogether will strongly appeal to many activists and MPs, there doesn’t appear to be any real expectation that this will happen. It would certainly be an unusual start for a Prime Minister with a track record of enthusiasm for high-profile infrastructure projects, and key political supporters of the project such as Andy Street are on the commission.

One might perhaps expect Dominic Cummings, who has been quoted as calling HS2 a “disaster zone”, to perhaps drive a move against it. But as he attempts to overhaul the Government and prepare the country for a no-deal exit from the European Union in the autumn, it’s unlikely he’ll have the bandwidth to imprint himself as totally on the Prime Minister’s agenda as some myth-makers might suggest.

 

Source: Johnson won’t scrap HS2, but his review could make a big offer to the North | Conservative Home

The shuffle doesn’t just mould the Government, it also shapes the Select Committees which scrutinise it | Conservative Home


If you look down our lists of Cabinet members and other Ministerial appointments, you’ll see a lot of blue. Not in a Party sense, but because that’s the colour code we chose to indicate MPs who supported Boris Johnson in the leadership contest.

So far, an outright majority of those appointed as members of the new Government were Johnson backers. That’s not entirely a shock: politician appoints supporters, to thank them, and wants a team of people who support his central and most controversial policy in place shortly before navigating choppy waters. But it’s fair to say there has been some discussion – not least over the case of Penny Mordaunt – of the impression that this Prime Minister has been rather more harsh on people who backed candidates other than himself.

 

Source: The shuffle doesn’t just mould the Government, it also shapes the Select Committees which scrutinise it | Conservative Home