Ex­tra cash a huge boost for adult so­cial care

Solihull News - - NEWS -

MAK­ING sure that so­cial care in Bri­tain is put on a sta­ble, sus­tain­able foot­ing is one of the most im­por­tant chal­lenges fac­ing the Gov­ern­ment.

This is an is­sue which af­fects all of us, from ev­ery re­gion and ev­ery walk of life.

We all want to en­sure that our loved ones can be sure of re­ceiv­ing the high- qual­ity care they need, when they need it.

I know that this is a par­tic­u­lar con­cern here in Soli­hull.

Our town has an age­ing pop­u­la­tion, and by 2036 the coun­cil pre­dict that one- in- four of our pop­u­la­tion will be over 65 and fully five per cent will be over 85. And when I’m can­vass­ing on the doorstep I reg­u­larly meet peo­ple qui­etly look­ing af­ter rel­a­tives be­hind closed doors.

That’s why I’m so pleased that, ear­lier this month, the Gov­ern­ment an­nounced an ex­tra £ 240 mil­lion of ad­di­tional fund­ing for coun­cils to spend on adult so­cial care ser­vices – over £ 870,000 of which is ear­marked for Soli­hull.

Min­is­ters have made these funds avail­able in or­der to al­le­vi­ate pres­sure on the NHS, which al­ways comes un­der ad­di­tional strain dur­ing win­ter.

It will free up hospi­tal beds, help­ing pa­tients get home faster by en­sur­ing that they can still re­ceive the care they need.

I spoke in a House of Com­mons de­bate on this sub­ject just last week, and the Health Sec­re­tary per­son­ally ex­pressed his grat­i­tude for my work cam­paign­ing for this so­cial care boost to NHS ser­vices. I will con­tinue to do ev­ery­thing I can to make sure that the voices of Soli­hull’s older res­i­dents and car­ers are heard loud and clear in West­min­ster.

Last week I also had the plea­sure of meet­ing a lo­cal war hero who had just re­ceived France’s high­est mil­i­tary award. The ex- ser­vice­man, who wishes to re­main anony­mous, has been awarded the Le­gion of Honour for his ser­vice dur­ing the D- Day land­ings.

It was fas­ci­nat­ing to hear his sto­ries about de­ploy­ing across the Chan­nel via glider, res­cu­ing fel­low sol­diers from a wrecked air­craft, and sur­viv­ing an ar­tillery bom­bard­ment – he still has the shrap­nel in his shoul­der to­day!

The French Gov­ern­ment has an­nounced that any liv­ing Bri­tish ser­vice­man who fought to lib­er­ate France is el­i­gi­ble for the Lé­gion d’Hon­neur. It can be a time- con­sum­ing process, but I am glad to have helped this gen­tle­man through the process and would be very happy to do the same for other lo­cal res­i­dents.

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