Paul Burstow on Social Care

Paul Burstow, Liberal Democrat Minister of State, Department of Health launched the social care policy yesterday – so am pasting information on the new proposals below.

Social care is essential for most people at some time in their life. It embraces the most intimate care for people, often at times of great distress. It is about helping people and their carers to live independent lives. This isn’t happening at the moment. That’s why the Coalition Government is moving away from the “business as usual” mentality of the last Labour government to tackle the broken system of how we care for our older and disabled people.

This new Government policy is built on two key reforms that Liberal Democrats have been campaigning for over the last decade.

The first is that people – and not service providers – will have control over their care. By extending the roll out of personal budgets, first proposed by the Liberal Democrats in 2004, we will give individuals the freedom to decide what their money is spent on. By 2013 councils will provide everyone who wants one and is eligible with a personal budget.

The second key reform, that Liberal Democrats have consistently championed, is guaranteed respite care. We believe that this is a lifeline – not just for carers but for whole families. The Coalition Government’s vision for social care will deliver on our Party’s manifesto commitment to provide guaranteed respite care by making over £400million available in additional funding over the next four years to hundreds of thousands of carers.

Please forward this message to anyone you know who could be entitled to respite care

Too often in the past money for carers has been diverted into other areas. (NOTE: Our allocated money for carers in Haringey dissappeared into the PCT never to be actually given to our carers!) Unlike the last Labour Government, we’ll ensure that the right mechanisms are in place to make sure that this money gets to carers. Under the current system, too many vulnerable people have been left imprisoned in their homes, fearful of moving to be near loved ones, in case they found themselves worse off in a postcode lottery of care.

Our reforms will reverse rules which mean those who receive help from their local council have to be reassessed if they move to another part of the country. People will have the freedom to move home without the fear of having their entitlements taken away from them. The care and support of our older and disabled population is one of the most urgent of all social policy issues we face as a society. That’s why the Coalition Government has committed itself to invest £2billion into social care by 2014/15.

Today we have announced a vision for social care that joins up health and social care. It will provide better, more independent lives for older and disabled people – and their carers.

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  1. This is good news for deserving and impoverished people who have been neglected for far too long.

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  3. Julie

    As my MP only gives answers to misogynists, fellow Lib Dems and basket cases I will attempt to help.

    The answers are:

    1) It’s in the national interest.
    2) No one won the election.
    3) Lib Dems being involved in government is softening the worst of the Tories.
    4) The other party are very bad.
    5) We did not know there was a deficit so what we promised before was our best guess and we cannot be held to it.
    6) Our party leader is indistinguishable from a card carrying Tory
    7) Many of us in the Lib Dems had private educations but still could not muster sufficient brain power to get into an actual university.
    8) Oh and what you said.

  4. Lynne’s blog has suddenly gone bland…. Do you think Coulson nobbled her or has she lost heart?

  5. Michael’s comments hit the nail on the head-where I live,Sutton,our LibDem mp ,Tom Brake-is like the invisible man-pushing basically non-issues when everyone who voted LD-all I know at any rate-deeply regret our decision and believe we have been betrayed.Charles Kennedy would never have gone down Clegg’s route-power at the cost of principle.This government appears more right wing even than Thatcher.Lynne -with Shirley Franklin and others like Brenda Williams -stopped the Whittington closure.Lynne seems straight and open.She needs to stop burying her head in the sand.Being a junior minister may be ok but does she really want to go down in history as a footnote when she has a heart and a mind and knows how things are on the ground?The student protests are just a beginning…watch this space!