Reading Greens enter Big Care Debate

26 November 2009

Green Party Parliamentary candidate Rob white has attended the Big Care Debate event in the Oracle on Tuesday.

'Shaping the Future of Care Together' - a government Green Paper laying out future options for the funding and organisation of the social care system - has kick started a national discussion on reform of the system. This discussion is called the Big Care Debate.

The Big Care Debate ends on November 13. As well as paper questionnaires, you can answer the questions online.

After the event, Green Party, Reading East Parliamentary candidate Rob White said: "Across the country, people from all walks of life turn to our care and support system when ill health of some kind means they need help managing their day to day lives.

"Here in Reading, more than 4500 people claimed disability living allowance last year. But for too long, social care has been the most neglected service of the public sector."

"Years of under investment combined with an ageing society means the system is now at breaking point. Making sure we can provide quality care for those in need is a matter of political will and priority."

"A service this important cannot be made to fit in with 'shrink to fit' economic policies"

"Greens believe the state should provide free social care for all who need it. Fair is worth fighting for."

ENDS

Notes for the Editor

1. For more information please contact Rob White on 07985 923938 or 0118 9667183.
2. Green Park Ward candidate Rob White polled 994, and came within 20 votes of becoming Reading's first Green councillor at the last local elections in Reading. At the last general election he stood in Reading East and increased the Green vote by over 50% polling 1548.
3. For more information on the Green Paper, please see:
http://careandsupport.direct.gov.uk/greenpaper/the-green-paper-and-supporting-documents/
4. 4560 people in Reading claimed DLA alone in the year ending August 2008.
5. The online questionnaire can be found here:
http://careandsupport.direct.gov.uk/questionnaire/

 


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