Local Government and Social Care Funding

Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 5:11 pm on 24th April 2019.

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Photo of Norman Lamb Norman Lamb Chair, Science and Technology Committee (Commons) 5:11 pm, 24th April 2019

If we are honest, every Government have some responsibility. The reductions started before 2010. I absolutely accept—[Interruption.] Let me address this point; I am trying to be straight with the hon. Gentleman. I think mistakes were made by the coalition Government in terms of the hit local government took during that period. The contrast between the support for the NHS by increasing investment in real terms and the cut to social care does not make sense, but that is what happened. I recognise that. It was above my pay grade, but I do not think it was the right decision to make. I hope that that is of some help to the hon. Gentleman.