Minister of State for Social Care
Hft is calling on the government to reinstate the Minister of State for Social Care
In 2008, Social Care was promoted to the portfolio of a Minister of State, a senior Ministerial role. This continued until 2016, when the portfolio was given to a Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State - a more junior position.
Hft believes that this move was essentially a 'demotion' for social care policy. We would like to see the government reinstate the portfolio to that of a Minister of State.
How would this help?
The social care sector is at a ’financial tipping point’, with many pressures, impacting on the financial viability of the sector, including: -
- unfunded rises in the National Living Wage,
- ongoing legal uncertainty surrounding Sleep-In payments, and
- the introduction of the Apprenticeship Levy.
A Minister of State would have access to resources that would enable them to obtain a holistic view of the social care sector, and how policies from various departments are impacting upon the sector.
Having a Minister of State would give the portfolio more clout, allowing for decisive policy decisions to be made.
Stakeholders would have a clear single point of contact within Government with whom to consult with on issues of concern.
To find out more, please read our full manifesto: Remedying a sector in crisis: A case for the reinstatement of a Minister of State for Social Care