Liberal Democrat Care Services Minister Paul Burstow has given a speech outlining his vision of social care reform over the coming years.
Earlier this month Paul Burstow announced the publication of a Care and Support White Paper and draft Bill in his role as Liberal Democrat Minister of State for Care Services.
Speaking at the King’s Fund health think-tank in London, Paul Burstow said:
“The White Paper contains a rich agenda of action and reform. Taken together with the draft Bill, with or without funding reform it amounts to the most comprehensive overhaul of social care for 60 years.”
In his speech he highlighted how the proposals contained in the White Paper and draft Bill would start to fix the broken social care system, such as more money for integrated health and social care and investment into building housing for disabled and older adults.
Paul Burstow also addressed the question over who pays for care, by making it clear that the Coalition Government had made significant progress on funding reform by accepting the principles of the Dilnot Commission as a way of moving forward.
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