‘No plans to deal with care cri­sis’

Runcorn & Widnes Weekly News - - Front Page - BY OLIVER CLAY oliver.clay@trin­i­tymir­ror.com @oliv­er­clayRWWN

HAL­TON MP Derek Twigg has ac­cused the Gov­ern­ment of hav­ing ‘no strat­egy’ to deal with a cri­sis in so­cial care fund­ing.

Mr Twigg told Jeremy Hunt, Sec­re­tary Of State For Health, that prob­lems in the sector were not con­fined to win­ter but were all year round.

He said the amount of cash raised by al­low­ing lo­cal au­thor­i­ties to raise pre­cepts on coun­cil tax for so­cial care would be ‘not enough’.

The Hal­ton MP, who has raised the is­sue of so­cial care fund­ing on re­peated oc­ca­sions in the House Of Com­mons in re­cent months, asked Mr Hunt whether he thought any­one in­side or out­side the Depart­ment Of Health thought there was a strat­egy.

Mr Hunt said Com­mu­ni­ties Sec­re­tary Sa­jid Javid had un­veiled a pack­age of £900m to be spent over the next two years and added that the Gov­ern­ment was ‘work­ing hard’ to pro­duce a long-term sus­tain­able so­lu­tion.

The Health Sec­re­tary also urged Mr Twigg to heed com­ments from the Prime Min­is­ter the pre­vi­ous week, when Theresa May had said she recog­nised the ‘pres­sures on so­cial care’.

Mrs May, Con­ser­va­tive, had said that bil­lions of pounds ex­tra will have been pumped into the sector via the Bet­ter Care Fund by the end of this Par­lia­ment.

Her com­ments came as leader of the op­po­si­tion Jeremy Cor­byn, Labour, ac­cused the Gov­ern­ment of cut­ting £4.6bn from the care bud­get in 2010-15.

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