• multiple sclerosis and social care

    I share residents concerns about the state of adult social care in England. The Care Quality Commission’s State of Care report found that the number of people not getting support for their social care needs has risen by 48% since 2010 and the future quality of care has been described as “precarious”. The Chancellor’s Autumn Budget offered no additional funding to support social care services. Indeed, it made no reference to social care whatsoever. I share the concerns of the MS Society that this will come as a huge disappointment to people with MS, and that unless the social care funding gap is addressed, people with MS, their families and carers will continue to pay the price for a system unable to cope with demand. The Association of Directors of Adult Social Services finds that, by the end of this financial year, £6.3 billion will have been cut from adult social care budgets since 2010. The Health Foundation has also said that that six years of real-terms reductions in social care budgets has left 400,000 fewer people receiving essential help. The Government originally announced its intention to publish a Green Paper on social care by the end of this year. In November, it was announced that this will now be published by summer 2018, and it appears it will not consult on working age people with social care needs. At a time when the social care system is coming under increasing pressure, I believe this Government is failing to take the immediate action required to find a long-term and sustainable solution to social care funding. At the General Election I stood on a manifesto that promised an extra £8 billion to tackle the funding gap in social care, including an additional £1 billion for the first year. This would ensure care staff are paid the National Living Wage and extend publicly funded social care to thousands of people. Thank you once again for contacting me and for sharing your views. I can assure you that I will continue to press the Government to give our social care system the resources it needs to provide the best possible care.