Liz Kendall MP, Labour’s Shadow Minister for Care and Older People, responding to today’s statement on the Care Bill, said:
“Labour set up the review of adult social care legislation which led to this Bill and we will work hard to make sure older and disabled people and their families get the best possible deal as it makes its way through Parliament.
“But on its own, this Bill won't go anywhere near far enough in tackling the crisis that's now engulfing social care.
“New rights to services and support risk being meaningless as council care budgets are cut to the bone.
“And the Government is offering false reassurances that people won’t have to pay more than £72,000 or sell their homes to pay for the costs of care.
“We need a far bigger and bolder response to meet the challenges of our ageing population: a genuinely integrated NHS and social care system which helps older people stay healthy and living independently in their own homes for as long as possible. This is what Labour’s policy review will seek to address.”