Birthday card to be handed over to Health Secretary

Adult social care Published Friday, 14th December 2018

Council will be travelling down to London next week to lobby the Government on finding a long-term solution to delivering Adult Social Care in the county.

A birthday card celebrating 70 years of Adult Social Care in Worcestershire is to be handed over to the Health Secretary Matt Hancock at the House of Commons on Tuesday, December 18.

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).

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.

Councillor Adrian Hardman, Cabinet Member for Adult Social Care, said: "We're grateful Matt Hancock has agreed to meet us and accept the birthday card.

We've been celebrating 70 years of social care in Worcestershire for the past few months to highlight the great work being done by carers and social workers in our county.

"It's the County Council's main priority to enable older people and those with learning disabilities to become or remain independent, self-reliant and an integrated part of their local communities. Whilst we welcomed the funding announcement in the Autumn Budget, there is a need for more funding and we hope the Government will listen to our concerns." 

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 will continue to showcase the need for further funding to ensure that good quality support is available for those who need it.

Councillor Hardman and Richard Keble, the Assistant Director of Adult Services, will both travel down to the House of Commons to present the birthday card.                                         

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.