Access to Social Care

Part of Health and Social Care – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 8th May 2018.

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Photo of Jeremy Hunt Jeremy Hunt Secretary of State for Health and Social Care 12:00 am, 8th May 2018

Let me explain what is happening on that front. In the first five years after 2010, social care funding went down by 1.3% a year—we had a terrible financial crisis that we were trying to deal with—but since then, in the current spending review period, it is going up by 2.2% a year, which is an 8% real-terms increase over this spending review period. I completely agree with the hon. Lady that we need to do a much better job. [Interruption.] Opposition Members talk from a sedentary position about priorities; our priority has been to get this economy on its feet so that we can put more money into the NHS and social care system, and that is what will continue to happen under a Conservative Government.