BREAKING NEWS: PM calls snap General Election

LONDON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 03: British Prime Minister Theresa May visits Martinek joinery factory on August 3, 2016 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Neil Hall - WPA Pool/Getty Images)LONDON, ENGLAND – AUGUST 03: British Prime Minister Theresa May visits Martinek joinery factory on August 3, 2016 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Neil Hall – WPA Pool/Getty Images)

Care home stakeholders have responded to news today that the government will hold a snap general election on 8 June.

Prime Minister Theresa May said the government would be going to the country to bring “strong leadership” for Brexit talks.

Mike Padgham, chair of the Independent Care Group, said: “Social care is in crisis with 1.2m now living with an unmet care need, care homes and home care providers folding and a dire shortage of nursing and care staff.

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“For the sake of our oldest and most frail and vulnerable people we have to provide a better future for social care and the general election gives all politicians a golden opportunity to seize the moment and set out their future plans. We have to decide once and for all how we fund and deliver social care in this country as the issue cannot be dodged any longer.

“This must be a general election about care!”

Vic Rayner, executive director of the National Care Forum, said the election was a “key opportunity” to ensure that all parties understood the needs and requirements of adult social care.

“We will continue with our work with the Care Provider Alliance, Care and Support Alliance and the Cavendish Coalition, to influence on key decisions,” she said.

Vic said the election may mean a new Spending Review later this year and an acceleration on funding the future of social care.

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