A new All Party Parliamentary Group on Social Care (AGGP Social Care) has launched in Westminster to examine the care system, funding and the state of staffing in the sector.
APPG Social Care, sponsored by GMB Union, is a cross-party group of MPs who have come together to tackle a care sector that is ‘in crisis’.
“Our care system right now is in crisis, it is crumbling beneath us because the funding isn’t there,” said Tim Roache, GMB Union general secretary.
“I’m proud GMB is supporting this new parliamentary group which will look at real lives and real situations, and will make evidenced-based proposals about what must be done in government to make sure are have a care system which values our care workers, and everyone gets the care and support they need.”
The group’s first inquiry, sponsored by care provider HC-One, is due to take evidence in the coming months as the sector waits for the long overdue Social Care Green Paper.
GMB and HC-One entered into an agreement last summer at the launch of Careforce; a dedicated campaign to look at professionalisation, skills and the prestige of the care sector (see BREAKING NEWS: HC-One joins forces with trade union GMB to tackle care crisis).
Justin Hutchens, HC-One CEO, said: “HC-One welcomes this new parliamentary group in order to give social care the high profile it deserves, celebrate those staff who provide these essential tasks and point to where improvements must be made.
“The current system is in crisis and we must move forward to ensure we all play our part in achieving the changes required.”