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Labour unveils plan for £2.8bn home care fund

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A Labour government would spend £2.8 billion to increase the number of home care packages for vulnerable people, the party has announced.

Labour said it would “reverse the reductions” made by the Conservative Party buy providing support to over 160,000 older people, including 50,000 people with dementia.

It said £350 million will be spent on investment in training to develop the social care workforce, uprating the carers allowance in line with job seeker’s allowance and ensuring that the earnings threshold for the carers allowance rises year on year, in line with the National Living Wage.

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The party would also pledge £350 million per year to help people with autism and learning disabilities move back into the community from “inappropriate inpatient units” and support people to live independently in their own home by providing help with daily tasks such as getting in and out of bed, bathing and washing, and preparing meals.

It also promised “quality care for everyone” and an end to 15 minute care visits.

The announcement comes ahead of the local party elections next month.

Barbara Keeley MP, Labour’s Shadow Minister for Mental Health, said: “This Tory Government has shamefully abandoned older people and young adults with care needs.

“There is still no sign of their Social Care Green Paper which was promised over two years ago and vulnerable older people have needlessly suffered as a result of the Government’s failure.

“People with dementia are unfairly punished when it comes to paying for their care needs so Labour will correct this injustice in government.

“We want care staff to be properly paid and trained, so that they can provide the kind of compassionate care that they want to give.

“We must offer dignity and security to all vulnerable people.”

Labour has said that people with dementia are “unfairly punished” by having to pay for social care when people with other conditions often receive care through ‘NHS continuing care’.

Labour’s pledge to help people with autism and learning disabilities move back into the community aims to stop children and adults being unnecessarily detained in mental health hospitals.

Responding to the announcement, George McNamara, director of Policy and Influencing at Independent Age, said: “Social care has been skinned to the bone, leaving thousands of older people in crisis with nowhere to turn. Such support will provide a vital lifeline and will improve the lives of some older people, but will still leave many without the care they need.

“A commitment to free personal care would go a crucial step further and benefit all older people who need care. We are urging all political parties to get behind free personal care and make life better for older people.”

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