WEST Lancashire MP Rosie Cooper has reinforced her support for more social care workforce funding, by signing up to stand with carers demanding continued funding from government.
At a recent Adult Social Care All Party Parliamentary Group reception in Parliament, MP Cooper made the pledge on the back of government minister assurances that social care workforce funding would not be under threat through the Conservative leadership contest.
Though candidates had pointed to a threat to the health and social care levy under which £500m is pledged for workforce development over the next three years, Social Care Minister Gillian Keegan stated ‘it’s not really an option not to do it when you look at the demographics.’
Launching an update on the report, APPG co-chair Damian Green said there had since been welcome government announcements including the levy, which over three years committed a total £1.4bn to social care of which £500m was earmarked for workforce.
MP Cooper said “We have been calling for clear funding and strategy on health and social care workforce from government for years to address the current shortages in providing appropriate levels of care now, and in the future.
“The pandemic exposed just how big the situation is, but there has been a clear lack of workforce planning for years which has led to this.
“I welcome the comments from the Minister but the proof will be in the pudding when the Tories finish their internal mudslinging and get on with governing the country, and whether social care is a priority or not for the new leader and whether the wild tax changes being promised will ensure adequate funding is available.
“However, I will continue to campaign for more social care funding through parliament and health and social care select committee.”