Parliamentary group aims to tackle care crisis

GMB and HC-One entered into an agreement at the launch of Careforce
(L-R) Justin Hutchens, HC-One CEO, and Tim Roache, GMB Union general secretary

MPs Louise Haigh and Gillian Keegan will be joint chairs of a new parliamentary group on social care, which has been launched.  

The All Party Parliamentary Group on Social Care is a cross-party group of MPs who will look at the care system, funding and workforce.

Damian Green MP will be the group’s vice chair, with fellow parliamentarians Norman Lamb, Kevin Hollinrake, Stephanie Peacock, Layla Moran, Darren Jones and Barbara Keeley named as officers.

GMB Union is sponsoring the group, while its first inquiry will be sponsored by care provider HC-One.

In June, GMB and HC-One entered into an agreement at the launch of Careforce, a dedicated campaign to look at professionalisation of the care sector.

The inquiry is due to take evidence in the coming months as the sector awaits the government’s delayed green paper.

Tim Roache, GMB Union general secretary, said: ‘Care workers do a crucial, professional job but are not paid, seen or valued as the frontline public sector workers they are.

‘Our care system right now is in crisis, it is crumbling beneath us because the funding isn’t there.

‘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.’

Justin Hutchens, HC-One chief executive officer, said: ‘Adult social care in increasingly part of the essential infrastructure of the society in which we live.

‘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.’

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