Monday 10 June 2019 / 11:38 AM Social Care

Barbara Keeley responds to Jeremy Hunt’s comments on social care

Responding to Jeremy Hunt’s admission that Government cuts to social care weren’t a ‘smart move’, Barbara Keeley, Shadow Cabinet Minister for Mental Health and Social Care, said:

“Since 2010, £8 billion has been cut from social care budgets due to Government cuts to council budgets. These catastrophic cuts, presided over by Hunt, have meant over 1.4 million older people are having to manage without the care they need.

“Jeremy Hunt had over 5 years to fund the social care system properly while he was Health Secretary. Instead, his Government’s cuts pushed social care deep into crisis.

“Today, we’ve also heard Matt Hancock suggest new plans for social care as part of his leadership bid after he has failed to bring forward the promised social care Green Paper. The hundreds of thousands of people who need social care support but aren’t getting it don’t need the empty promises of a leadership contest, they need the concrete plans to fund the social care system that both Jeremy Hunt and Matt Hancock have failed to deliver.”