Thank you for contacting me about care workers.
I agree that the work carried out by carers is absolutely vital, ensuring that people who need support are able to live full, rewarding lives. 1.6m people work in social care, which is 22 per cent higher than ten years ago.
I was pleased that, during 2019, the Government launched the 'Every Day is Different' campaign, to recruit more staff to the care sector and provide further information about the different types of work carers do, and what qualifications might be required for each role.
Since 2015 local authorities have had greater flexibility over the use of the council tax social care precept, so they can choose to raise extra money, as well as retain savings from the New Homes Bonus, totalling £240 million. In the Spending Round in September 2019, an extra £1.5 billion was made available to councils for adult social care services. This funding should be viewed as a significant down payment as we move towards a long term funding solution.
During the 2019 General Election Campaign I was proud to stand on the Conservative Manifesto which made clear that we must build the same level of consensus on social care that we have already built on the NHS, across political parties, so that an answer can be brought forward that solves the problem, commands the widest possible support, and stands the test of time. I stand by this commitment, and urge my colleagues and constituents of all political beliefs to take part in a conversation about establishing a care system fit for the 21st century. As part of this, it will be essential to consider care workers' training, pay and conditions.
I will continue to monitor this issue closely, and would be proud to speak up on behalf of care workers as part of this debate.
Thank you again for taking the time to contact me.
Craig Whittaker MP