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Thursday 31st
posted by Morning Star in Britain

NINE in 10 MPs do not believe the social care system is good enough, results of a new poll published yesterday suggest.

Just 13 per cent of Labour MPs said social care services in their constituencies are fit for purpose in a survey conducted by charity Independent Age.

The results of the poll, involving 101 English MPs, show that confidence in the social care system has “virtually evaporated among parliamentarians,” said the charity’s chief executive Janet Morrison.

She said: “The crisis in social care was front and centre in the election earlier this year, and it is clear from this poll that there is an overwhelming desire from politicians on all sides for the government to work towards a cross-party consensus on a solution.”

Izzi Seccombe, chairwoman of the Local Government Association’s community wellbeing board, said it was “encouraging” to see that MPs recognise that there is a need for change.

A Department of Health spokeswoman said that the government has provided an additional £2 billion for the sector.

But Ms Seccombe said: “The extra £2bn for social care over the next few years is a step in the right direction but it is only one-off funding, which reduces each year.

“Vital services caring for elderly and disabled people still face an annual £2.3bn funding gap by 2020, which will continue to grow.

“It is absolutely critical that the government brings forward its green paper on the future of social care and works with local government leaders to address the issue of long-term funding and also create conditions necessary to ensure the development of the right kind of care and support services.”