Central Suffolk and North Ipswich MP Dr Dan Poulter has been elected as Chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Carers, the Parliamentary group which aims to promote awareness, knowledge and understanding of the needs of unpaid carers in Parliament.
The All-Party Parliamentary Group on Carers was formed in 2005 and comprises of MPs and Peers who care passionately about ensuring the 6.5 million people in the UK who provide unpaid care for ill, older or disabled loved ones get the support they need. The All-Party Parliamentary Group works on a cross-party basis to seek improvements to legislation for carers, while providing a forum for Parliamentarians and expert stakeholders to discuss what more can be done across the NHS, social care, employment policy and the social security system to improve the lives of carers.
After being elected, Dr Poulter commented: "I am delighted to have been elected Chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Carers which undertakes such important work to raise awareness of the issues facing those caring unpaid for loved ones.
"We know that carers save the UK £119 billion each year through the care and support they provide to sick and disabled relatives. Carers make such an important contribution to our society, and we must do all we can to ensure they are supported. With new landmark rights for carers through the Care Act, which I helped to make law when I was a health minister, the need for more integration of health and social care services, and further spending decisions on social security, the All-Party Parliamentary Group will play a crucial role in ensuring the voices of carers are heard in Parliament.
"I would also like to thank the previous Chair, former Member of Parliament The Rt Hon Sir Tony Baldry for the excellent work he did over the last few years and I look forward to working with the House of Lords Co-Chair Baroness Pitkeathley to further build upon the Group's achievements."
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Social Care Funding (17 Oct 2018)
Daniel Poulter: My right hon. Friend is right to highlight the link between healthcare and social care. If we are to care properly for people with the long-term conditions he has outlined, we need to have a more joined-up and integrated system. It is hard to deliver that when we have a taxpayer-funded NHS and a social care system in which many people now have to pay for their own care. In looking for a...
Offensive Weapons Bill: Ipswich-London Rail Fares (15 Oct 2018)
Daniel Poulter: I thank my hon. Friend’s welcome news on capping rail fares, but does he not also agree that it is difficult for customers to disaggregate the cost of the fare—those in Ipswich are very high per mile by national standards—from reliability and speed of service? Despite the cost of tickets from Ipswich, reliability and speed of service have not improved over the years....