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

A Minister of State for Social Care

Remedying a sector in crisis: A case for the reinstatement of a Minister of State for Social Care

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