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Social Care

Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 6:45 pm on 25th February 2020.

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Photo of Helen Whately Helen Whately Minister of State (Department of Health and Social Care) 6:45 pm, 25th February 2020

The shadow Minister is shaking her head; I know that there is more to do.

At times this has been a heated debate, but I heard on both sides truly constructive suggestions for how we can solve our social care challenges. That gives me much hope for cross-party consensus. I heard suggestions from my hon. Friends the Members for Newton Abbot (Anne Marie Morris) and for Meon Valley (Mrs Drummond), my right hon. Friend Liz Kendall and my hon. Friend Huw Merriman, whom I thank for his kind words welcoming me to my job. He set the bar high for me to meet.

I am fully aware of the challenges that face our care system and I have no illusions as to the scale of the challenge facing us. In the next 10 years, we expect the number of people over 75 to go up by 1.5 million, and the number of people under 65 with care needs is growing, too. We have a system that is under pressure and the demands are only going to grow.