With the Labour Party pledging to spend £6bn to make social care free for everyone, as part of the creation of a National Care Service, Ravi Bains, Chief Executive of leading homecare provider Grosvenor Health & Social Care here shares his expert commentary:
Ravi Bains, Chief Executive of homecare provider Grosvenor Health & Social Care, said:
“The social care system in England is broken. As a sector, this is the type of long-term reform we have been calling for and I welcome Labour’s commitment to significantly increase spending on social care.
“However, it will be important to see the detail of this policy, to make sure that the funding committed enables continued investment in the quality of services and the workforce, particularly so that services can meet the rapidly growing demands for care.
“We all have a duty to ensure older people are able to live independently, with dignity and security for as long as possible in their own homes. Any long-term funding solution must therefore provide enough funding to include continued investment in the professional development of the workforce, and in paying carers an appropriate wage for the skilled work they do.
“Labour have clearly taken a step in the right direction by having a clear policy, and I hope to see the other parties follow with their own bold and ambitious announcements in the coming weeks, so that the country can tackle the care crisis immediately.”