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Brown's speech welcomed

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A number of organisations have applauded aspects of prime minister Gordon Brown’s speech at the Labour Party conference.

Focus on care welcomed

The English Community Care Association (ECCA) has welcomed the emphasis and priority given to social care in the prime minister's speech to the Labour Party conference.

Chief executive Martin Green said: “The fact that the prime minister has raised the profile of both carers and social care in general is very positive.

"We must all recognise that many of the services provided in social care are commissioned into the independent sector and the government needs to fund social care properly and recognise its importance in delivering their objectives for health and wellbeing”.

Unison 'breath of fresh air'

Unison general secretary Dave Prentis added: "It was a speech worth waiting for - a breath of fresh air. Quite rightly he paid tribute to public service workers. We want to hear a bit more of that kind of language in the future, because that's what will raise morale."

'What about Crossrail?'

But the London Assembly Tories expressed concern at the failure to mention Crossrail.

Transport spokesman Roger Evans said: “If ever there was a time for the government to announce Crossrail's go ahead it was today - but Gordon Brown said nothing on the scheme that he's kept in the sidings for the past 10 years.

“I am now very concerned that Crossrail may remain in the wilderness of departmental funding arguments, never to see the light of day."

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