A 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 next 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