Social Care Reform

Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 12:44 pm on 23rd June 2021.

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Photo of Helen Whately Helen Whately Minister of State (Department of Health and Social Care) 12:44 pm, 23rd June 2021

I would just remind the hon. Gentleman of the unprecedented level of support we have given to the social care sector during the pandemic, as I mentioned a moment ago. I know it has been extremely hard, but that is why we provided over £1.8 billion-worth of funding, free personal protective equipment, access to testing, and, of course, priority in the vaccination roll-out. On his point about needing to build a consensus around social care reform, I am already talking to parliamentarians across parties. In fact, just a couple of weeks ago I had a really helpful session with the all-party parliamentary group on adult social care. I look forward to continuing to work with colleagues across the House.