A Minister of State for Social Care: Mission Accomplished
During the Snap Election of 2017, Hft launched a call for the reinstatement of the role of 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 believed that this move was essentially a ‘demotion’ for social care policy.
We laid out the case for why the next government should reinstate the portfolio to that of a Minister of State in our full manifesto: Remedying a sector in crisis: A case for the reinstatement of a Minister of State for Social Care.
How did we think this would this help?
At the time of the election, The the social care sector was, and continues to be, at a ‘financial tipping point’, with many pressures impacting on the financial viability of the sector.
Hft argued that 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.
We also pointed out that having a Minister of State would give the portfolio more clout, allowing for decisive policy decisions to be made and that stakeholders would have a clear single point of contact within Government with whom to consult with on issues of concern.
What impact did the campaign have?
We sent copies of our manifesto to all potential Parliamentary Candidates running in the 2017 election, and received over 80 responses backing our position, including responses from former Liberal Democrats leader Tim Farron and Conservative Minister Dr Liam Fox.
On 24 January 2018, we were delighted to see Caroline Dinenage appointed to the reinstated position of Minister of State for Care in a cabinet reshuffle.