Social Care Reform

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

Alert me about debates like this

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

My hon. Friend is absolutely right; reform has been talked about by many Governments. One of the challenges is that people say, “Social care is broken and we must fix it”, but different people mean different things. Some are particularly concerned about what are called catastrophic costs, including the problem of people selling their home to pay for their care. Others are much more concerned about care—and rightly so—for working-age adults and the increasing costs for those of working age with disabilities. For other people, it is about questions of housing or technology. We are hugely ambitious about our social care reforms and want to bring this all together into a long-term plan for social care.