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RIGHT TO CARE CAMPAIGN WINS BACKING FROM MPs

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Over 100 MPs, from all parties, have signed an Early Day Motion (EDM) urging the government to stop the unfair char...
Over 100 MPs, from all parties, have signed an Early Day Motion (EDM) urging the government to stop the unfair charging of older or disabled people for essential personal care.

The call follows the damning reportfrom the Social Policy Ageing and Information Network (SPAIN) which found that the government's neglect of elderly care is putting lives at risk.

Unison deputy general secretary Keith Sonnet said:

'This report from SPAIN is a sad reflection on the government's attitude to caring for the elderly and disabled. Home care workers are the key to providing independent living for many thousands of frail elderly who are denied the care they need. They play a vital role in unblocking hospital beds, and yet this service is in decline. It is constantly being cut and the workforce underpaid and undervalued.

'If the government fails to listen to SPAIN or even the Right to Care group, maybe they will listen to these MPs. We will also be calling on the health select committee to investigate problems with the current system of elderly care.'

The EDM states :

'That this house welcomes the launch of the Right to Care Campaign; believes that the formation of a campaign grouping involving 20 major campaign groups, charities and trade unions is testament to the depth of feeling surrounding the issue of long-term care felt by the members of these organisations and by many members of the public; is concerned that distinguishing between personal and nursing care is impractical and will prove unworkable; further believes that these differences in policy between regions of the UK are creating major disparities in the type and levels of care available to elderly and disabled people; and urges the Government fully to fund personal and nursing care that is free at the point of use for all who need long-term care, wherever they live throughout the UK.'

112 signatures

Mr Paul Burstow

Ms Diane Abbott Mr Richard Allan Mr David Amess Ms Candy Atherton John Austin Mr Harry Barnes John Barrett Mr John Battle Mr Roy Beggs

Mr A J Beith Mr Roger Berry Mr Harold Best Peter Bottomley Tom Brake Mr Colin Breed Mrs Annette L Brooke Dr Vincent Cable Mrs Patsy Calton

Mr Menzies Campbell Mr Martin Caton Mr Colin Challen Sir Sydney Chapman Mr David Chidgey Mr Michael Clapham Mrs Helen Clark Harry Cohen Mr Iain Coleman Frank Cook Jeremy Corbyn Brian Cotter Jon Cruddas Mrs Ann Cryer Mr Jim Cunningham Mr Terry Davis Mrs Janet Dean Jim Dobbin

Mr Nigel Dodds Mr Jeffrey M. Donaldson Sue Doughty Mr David Drew Mrs Gwyneth Dunwoody Mr Bill Etherington Mr Frank Field Mr Don Foster Andrew George Sandra Gidley Matthew Green Mr Win Griffiths David Hamilton Mr Mike Hancock Dr Evan Harris Nick Harvey Lady Hermon Mr David Hinchliffe

Paul Holmes Mr Kelvin Hopkins Simon Hughes Mr AlanHurst Helen Jackson Lynne Jones Mr Nigel Jones Mr Archy Kirkwood Dr Ashok Kumar Norman Lamb Mr Elfyn Llwyd Ian Lucas Alice Mahon Mr Michael Mates John McDonnell Mr Kevin McNamara Mr John McWilliam Mr Andrew Mitchell

Laura Moffatt Mr George Mudie Mr Edward O'Hara Linda Perham Mr Kerry Pollard Adam Price Dr John Pugh Syd Rapson Mr David Rendel Bob Russell Mr Adrian Sanders Phil Sawford Mr Alan Simpson Mr Dennis Skinner The Reverend Martin Smyth Mr Gerry Steinberg Mr George Stevenson Mr Paul Stinchcombe Mr Andrew Stunell Mark Tami David Taylor Matthew Taylor Dr Jenny Tonge Mr Paul Truswell Mr Paul Tyler Dr Rudi Vis Joan Walley Mr Tom Watson Steve Webb Mr Bill Wiggin Mr John Wilkinson Mr Alan Williams (Swansea West) Mrs Betty Williams Hywel Williams Mr Roger Williams Mr Phil Willis Mr Nicholas Winterton Mr James Wray Richard Younger-Ross

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