Saturday, 2 August 2014

My letter to Jeremy Hunt on unfunded responsibilities of the new Care Act

Parliament recently passed the Care Act, which placed new duties on local authorities (in our case on Lancashire County Council), but the Government has yet to outlay what funding (if any) they are to make available to local authorities to undertake these new responsibilities.

We know that in Lancashire as in much of the country, NHS budgets are incredibly stretched, as this Government has overseen a huge tightening of money in the health service, and pressure on primary services.

This is why I wrote to Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt to raise this matter – we must ensure that the good intentions of the Care Act do not become yet more broken promises of Cameron’s health service.