Bury North MP James Frith has welcomed the announcement that a Labour Government would introduce free personal care to support older people to live independently with dignity and security.
Detailed plans to ensure more people can access care and fund care for older people so they can live independently in their own homes were announced at Labour’s annual conference last week.
Labour in Government will:
- Introduce free personal care for older people, providing help with daily tasks such as getting in and out of bed, bathing and washing, and preparing meals in their own homes and residential care;
- Address the funding gap in social care;
- Support local authorities to directly provide, rather than outsource, care;
- Support the care workforce better, to ensure that older people receive support fromtrained staff who have the time and skills needed to provide care.
Currently, only people with low levels of savings receive publicly-funded personal care. People with dementia face the highest costs for care.
Labour’s plans will more than double the number of people receiving state-funded care and reduce the number of people facing catastrophic costs for their care. Free personal care will ensure people with dementia receive the same care as those with other conditions, reduce the burden on unpaid carers and benefit the NHS by reducing delayed transfers of care from hospital and admissions to care homes and hospitals.
As part of the National Care Service, Labour has pledged to raise standards of care by ending the use of zero-hour contracts, ensuring that carers are paid a real living wage, including for travel time; end 15-minute care visits; and improve access to training and development for care staff.
“Nine years of cuts to local council budgets have pushed care services to the brink. For years, the Tories have failed to bring in much-needed reform, leaving too many people and their families struggling to afford the care they need.
“Tackling the crisis in social care is a priority for me and for Labour. Our plans for social care will address the immediate crisis in care, double the number of people receiving publicly-funded care, and stop people with dementia being treated unfairly by the care system.
“It is vital that social care is a universally-available public service which provides dignity, security and compassionate care. Labour’s National Care Service will have these principles at its core.”