Local delegation meets minister to raise gaps in social care

20160510_165228Batley & Spen MP Jo Cox led a delegation of local organisations to Westminster to discuss gaps in social care with ministers.

The delegation met with Alistair Burt MP, the social care minister, and also met with the Shadow minister Emma Lewell-Buck MP, Labour’s social care spokesman.

Yesterday’s delegation was part of an ongoing national campaign being led by Mrs Cox exploring issues around adult social care that directly link in with her campaign on loneliness and isolation.

Mrs Cox said: “Problems in adult care have come up time and again since I was elected last May. Local voluntary and charitable organisations have highlighted the many challenges they face in delivering services.

“They feel national policies do not reflect local needs and demands. There is a clear expectation that they will be heavily involved in delivering social care support but without any real investment.

“Social care is hugely underfunded and there is a lack of integrated services. However, the current lack of analysis has allowed the government to avoid taking decisive action.

“The discussions arising from delegation will, I hope, help address that, raise awareness with ministers and also contribute to the work I am doing locally and nationally to tackle loneliness and isolation.”

The Royal Voluntary Service, Alzheimer’s Society, Batley Food Bank and Community Partnerships were among those who attended the meetings in Parliament.

Contributions from a series of meetings hosted in Batley & Spen by Mrs Cox were also fed in along with feedback from other local organisations who were unable to attend.

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