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Social care campaigner ‘dismayed’ at lack of MP response to letter

Mike Padgham

A campaigner has expressed his dismay and disappointment after fewer than 10 of 650 MPs responded to his letter calling for reform of the social care system.

Mike Padgham, chair of the Independent Care Group, (pictured) said the lack of response was a damning indictment of the lack of concern about the sector amongst MPs.

“I am dismayed by the response,” Mike said. “I know there are other, very serious issues facing the country at the moment – Brexit and knife crime to name only two – and I wouldn’t want to belittle the importance of those or other issues.

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“But as each day passes, more and more people are not getting the care they need and from the response I have had to the letters, it doesn’t look very much like some of our MPs are very concerned.”

Mike also expressed his anger at repeated delays to the publication of the Social Care Green Paper.

In his letter to MPs, Mike called for the integration of social care with NHS care, better funding for social care and for care to be made zero rated for VAT, all of which would enable social care providers to invest, properly reward and recruit staff and be ready for a rapidly increasing demand for care.

“What is needed now is not more analysis but a clear commitment to action to address both the immediate short term pressures and longer term sustainable funding,” the letter added.

“Today I urge you to take action to stop the crisis in social care and help hundreds of thousands of people currently denied the care they need.”

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