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Steve
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05/05/2019 4:15 pm  

"With the recent report from the NAO and the statement from the Chief Executive of the NHS, what can be done about social care?"

Closes 23:59 on the 9 May

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Faye Gallacher
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06/05/2019 9:03 am  

This is an issue that involves every single one of us. Whatever your background or beliefs, we're all going to get older. This is a growing crisis with difficult questions we as a country all need to consider and be consulted on - that is why I have organised a citizen's assembly to look into this matter with the intent of delivering on the conclusions.

I will be providing more details to Parliament imminently, but the government hopes that by including a range of voices across the country we will be able to collectively seek answers: strengthening our social care system and our democracy.

"[we] would rather die than leave the Labour Party." - Emily Thornberry.


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Faye Gallacher
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06/05/2019 9:27 am  

However uncomfortable a truth it may be, birth rates are getting lower as life expectancy is getting higher: we need to consider a long term and sustainable settlement to deal with the stark implications this will have for social care.

This requires more than cross party cooperation, it requires cross country cooperation - that is why I've put together a citizen's assembly so we can explore solutions and answer difficult questions facing this growing crisis. Nonetheless, I have felt it absolutely necessary that we put party allegiances aside and discuss this issue. All I've received from the Conservative Party is radio silence.

There's no excuses. We all know the Tories have had time to take to social media and boast about election results - they deserve to give some of that time to help find a cross party settlement on social care.

"[we] would rather die than leave the Labour Party." - Emily Thornberry.


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Faye Gallacher
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06/05/2019 9:40 am  

As pressures on social care have increased exponentially the Tories have taken resources, putting cracks into a system that's essential for all of us. That means care workers are being paid less and the burden of care is being forced onto families - that, not nurses being paid properly, is what hurts our economy. There's no greater evidence that austerity is a painful and unnecessary political choice than the Tories' approach to our social care crisis.

Dylan Macmillan proudly played political football with pensions, saying only he could offer a 'healthy and happy retirement' - but the government he supported have unleashed untold damage on our care system and since he's been in Opposition he's offered only silence since. Our elderly deserve better.

"[we] would rather die than leave the Labour Party." - Emily Thornberry.


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Bertie
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Anthony B.C. Wilson MP
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06/05/2019 7:54 pm  

The Social Care system is of vital importance to the wellbeing of this country and its people, there must be no mistake made when ensuring it can function and is funding correctly. I am proud that this Labour budget has delivered an extra £400 million for British Social Care and is reversing the 4 years of Conservative-led, Liberal enabled cuts that have hit most those that have least. Britain can get better under Labour and tackle real issues under this Labour-led government. This crisis could be worse and could get worse but with a Labour Secretary of State at its helm, you can be sure that Ms Gallahger will work alongside the rest of the party to provide for the people and ensure the best possible services. This is a £400 million confidence investment in our social care so that Britain gets better.

Anthony Bertram Charles Wilson, MP for Darlington.
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Faye Gallacher
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07/05/2019 10:38 am  

The government have made it clear: the British public need to decide how we organise our long term settlement for social care. But that doesn't mean we're not going to act now in the short term. As well as investing that crucial £400 million, this government has earmarked £1 billion that will be spent on a 'new deal' for social care: creating a jobs programme for the care sector.

This will not just provide a massive and necessary boost to our strained social care system, but in the process will create jobs and in the process generate growth: it's good for social care and good for the economy.

"[we] would rather die than leave the Labour Party." - Emily Thornberry.


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Faye Gallacher
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07/05/2019 10:49 am  

This government is ensuring we won't play by established rules if those rules hold the working people of this country back. Social care is a perfect example of this: we've thought more innovatively about how we can democratically consult the people to come up with sustainable solutions. We'll also be thinking more innovatively about how this government views investments and how it invests.

'Social capital' is as valid an investment as any other. We invest in things, but we need to think more broadly about how we can invest in people. Investment in the care sector would create nearly twice the number of well paying jobs per pound spent compared to construction, with more of those jobs going to women - that is the promise of the government's 'new deal' on social care.

"[we] would rather die than leave the Labour Party." - Emily Thornberry.


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Bertie
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07/05/2019 1:50 pm  

Notice now, there are no Conservatives in sight. Where Labour tackles the issues of today, created by the Conservatives, the party of yesterday, we ensure our services are ready for tomorrow. Our commitment to ending this crisis is being led gallantly by Ms Gallacher  MP who gives every moment to this issue, but yet the Conservatives couldn't give a single moment to the crisis' they have created under their ideological agenda of meaningless cuts. This is another example of Labour mopping up the mess left behind by a rabble of reckless ideo-rogues. Labour has set out a clear commitment to end this Conservative created social care crisis, I'd like to see Mr Macmillan defy the extremist hacksaw policies of his party but creating crisis is the Conservative way, solving them is the Labour way.

Anthony Bertram Charles Wilson, MP for Darlington.
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Macmillan
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07/05/2019 5:42 pm  

Social Care is an issue of critical importance to our country and I would like to add my voice to the chorus of individuals praising everything that our professionals do on a daily basis. In the last election the Conservative Party ran on a manifesto that committed us to integrating the health and social care budgets, unlocking more efficiency and more funding whilst centralising the system for ease of use by patients. The Conservative Party will continue to advocate for this policy to build an efficient and effective health and social care system that can withstand the test of time.

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Labour claim to be tackling the big issues of the day but what have they done? The Labour Party have kicked the can down the road to a Citizens' Assembly because they don't know what they can do for social care beyond borrowing and taxing more. At the last election the Conservative Party ran on a pledge of integrating the Health and Social Care budgets, this is the policy that Labour should be following now. The truth is that centralising social care and integrating it with primary healthcare is the best way to get efficiency and to get results. The Conservative Party will advocate tirelessly for the implementation of our manifesto commitment to build a long term and efficient health and social care system.

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Whilst the governing parties brief against each other, rehashing old debates about austerity, the Conservative Party have a clear, simple, and unified message: the best way to help our social care system is to integrate it into broader healthcare. This is a policy we stood on at the last election and it is a policy that we continue to believe in. Whilst Labour's backbenchers decide that they would rather have a fight with their party's coalition partners the Conservatives will continue to fight for an efficient health and social care sector without putting up taxes or borrowing even more money.

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The Labour Party's solution to the social care crisis that is affecting our nation is radical and it is farcical. Rather than following established precedent and consult with health and social care experts the Government have decided to punt this question to the country. Now my milkman is a very knowledgeable individual on the goings on of my village, he is not however a social care expert, nor does he practice in that area on any kind of regular basis. Labour's new found commitment to consulting the public will be very welcome on issues such as our membership of the European Union, but on issues like social care this should be left to the experts and the professionals.

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You cannot tax and borrow your way to prosperity, Labour's continued expansion of the deficit to function day to day spending will leave fundamental weaknesses in our public sector, including social care, for years to come. Borrowing for day to day spending increases, as we are seeing from Labour on social care is unsustainable and is exactly the sort of short-sighted drive for votes that we saw in the mid-2000s which left us totally unprepared and unreasonably exposed to the 2007 financial crisis. Labour's plan to borrow, tax, and spend more to pay for social care is not the way to fix the impending crisis, long term thinking and efficiency is the best way to build a sustainable and long term health and social care sector.

Conservative MP for North East Bedfordshire
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Macmillan
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07/05/2019 6:18 pm  

The Government's lack of an economic plan means that for all their triumphant talk of social care funding we will be giving nearly double that to our nation's creditors. If I've said it once I have said it a thousand times, and Labour still haven't learned, you cannot have strong public services and strong social care without sound public finances. Labour's reckless decision to increase the deficit is driving funding away from the long term solutions that our social care sector needs so desperately.

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Faye Gallacher
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07/05/2019 9:37 pm  

The Tory response to social care is disappointing, but not surprising. After weeks of silence, the Tories have finally stuck their neck into the social care debate: not to outline a constructive plan or to discuss the scale of the issue and a cross party solution as I invited them to do, but to turn this into a match of government vs opposition. We need to do better.

It's deeply concerning he concerns of NHS leaders and the NAO didn't cut through to Dylan Macmillan, but the media did. That isn't a surprise though - his own Shadow Foreign Secretary has made it clear Dylan Macmillan is more interested in press attention than the national interest.

"[we] would rather die than leave the Labour Party." - Emily Thornberry.


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Macmillan
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07/05/2019 9:48 pm  

The Government's response has been farcical, they wouldn't give the public a say on electoral reform until their backbenchers forced them to, they still won't give the public a say on our relationship with the EU, but they are so lacking in plans and political capital that they want to punt the issue of social care to the people. The Conservative Party will continue to advocate for the integration of health and social care to create a streamlined and efficient system.

Conservative MP for North East Bedfordshire
Leader of the Opposition (2014-16)

Prime Minister (2014)

Parliamentary Experience: Novice (25)
Media Experience: Experienced (62)
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Faye Gallacher
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07/05/2019 10:11 pm  

Dylan Macmillan didn't want, by his own terms, to 'give the public a say' until his backbenchers forced him to. His politicking and opportunism has no place in the social care debate, when we need solutions, not slogans and campaigns.

The government's position is crystal clear: we prefer more deliberative democratic methods to come up with a solutions that are nuanced and free from political interference - Dylan Macmillan's behaviour has been a perfect example of why this debate, not just the decision, should be put to the people, not to politicians. 

"[we] would rather die than leave the Labour Party." - Emily Thornberry.


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Faye Gallacher
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07/05/2019 10:16 pm  

The Tories have made vague promises to 'integrate' health and social care for too long, but all it has been is a slogan and not a fully fleshed out plan. Integration needs political will and a government willing to put social care first, which this government has done.

As made clear in the Daily Mirror today, the government has planned to integrate health and social care to the fullest extent from day one. No ifs, ands or buts. The Tories have had four years but have been held back by timidity and their own chaos: while the Tories say they'll integrate health and social care, this Labour led government will actually do it. 

"[we] would rather die than leave the Labour Party." - Emily Thornberry.


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Faye Gallacher
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08/05/2019 12:32 pm  

The Tories' pledge to integrate social care with health as a way to cut costs is fundamentally misguided. I support the call because it will make the system more efficient, less wasteful and would end the scandal of social care patients staying in hospital beds because there's nowhere else to go. It will also make the system more accessible.

That certainly isn't a bad thing in a system where only those needing the most essential care are taken in. But it will increase, not decrease, pressures on our social care budgets in the short term. You cannot effectively integrate social care and health on the cheap, which is why the Tories haven't been able to deliver these promises after four years in government. Macmillan's plan justifies this government's mantra - we need to invest today to save tomorrow. 

"[we] would rather die than leave the Labour Party." - Emily Thornberry.


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