Worcestershire County Council's 70th birthday card for Adult Social Care was handed over to the Health Secretary today.
Councillor Hardman and Richard Keble, the Assistant Director of Adult Services travelled down to London to personally hand the card over to Matt Hancock MP at the Department of Health and Social Care offices in Victoria Street.
The card has been signed by county councillors from all parties in Worcestershire, 112-year-old resident and the oldest person in the country Grace Jones and Carole Cumino, the Chief Executive of Worcestershire Association of Carers (WAC).
Councillor Hardman, Cabinet Member for Adult Social Care, said: "The visit down to London went very well. It was good to meet Matt Hancock and hand over the card in person. He listened to what we said about Adult Social Care and the situation in Worcestershire.
"We also talked about the Worcestershire health economy and the upcoming Adult Social Care Green Paper. He was interested in the signature of Grace Jones in our card as his grandmother lived to the age of 103.
Councillor Hardman added: "He put the card on his desk next to all his Christmas cards. It was certainly worth the trip."
In October, Worcestershire County Council welcomed news in the Autumn Budget that an extra £240million will be invested into Adult Social Care but stressed more funding was needed to meet the current long-term demand. Nationally, there is growing pressure on social care as people are living for longer and Worcestershire is no exception.
The County Council's current Adult Social Care at 70 campaign celebrates the 70th year of Adult Social Care and highlights the difference the services and support offered, continue to make to people's lives across the county. The campaign, which the card formed part of, will continue to showcase the need for further funding to ensure that good quality support is available for those who need it.
The County Council has an annual net budget of more than £324 million. Around 40% of the budget is allocated specifically to Adult Social Care.